and the Concert Music World
MODERATED BY MARK MCKENZIE
Composer & SCL Board Member
|In this seminar we will look at how film composers are navigating the concert world’s barriers, demands, benefits, commissions, publishing deals, royalties, publicity, and politics, as well as issues of innovation, craftsmanship, form, audience engagement, and recordings. Many of our SCL film composer colleagues are impacting the concert world with memorable, important works of art. What are you composing between projects? At a time when diverse revenue streams are helpful, come be inspired and informed about the world of concert music by four extraordinary composers.
Former SCL President Bruce Broughton is best known for film scores such as Silverado, Tombstone, The Rescuers Down Under, The Presidio, Miracle on 34th Street, Homeward Bound, and Harry and the Hendersons, as well as his television themes to The Orville, JAG, Dinosaurs, and Tiny Toon Adventures, music for TV mini-series and movies (The Blue and Gray, Warm Springs, O Pioneers!), and countless episodes of TV series such as Dallas, Quincy, and Hawaii Five-O. He has been nominated for an Oscar®, a Grammy®, and 23 Emmys®, having won the latter award ten times. He has composed music for many of the Disney theme park attractions throughout the world, and wrote the first orchestral score for a game, Heart of Darkness.
Broughton’s concert music includes numerous works for orchestra, symphonic winds and chamber groups, commissioned and performed by ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. A Board member of ASCAP, he has served as chair of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and as a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board. He has been a professor of music composition and orchestration at both USC and UCLA.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country catapulted the career of Cliff Eidelman. In his early twenties, he had already composed the powerful Holocaust drama Triumph of the Spirit, and went on to establish himself composing in a wide range of film genres. His scores include Christopher Columbus, He’s Just Not That Into You, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, One True Thing, Now and Then, Untamed Heart, Leap of Faith, If These Walls Could Talk, Free Willy 3, Dead Man Out, which earned him an Ace Nomination, Big Miracle, and recently The 100%, Virtual Reality winner of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Concurrently Eidelman composed the concert work Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos, and his chamber work Night in the Gallery, both recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra under Eidelman’s direction. Recently, The Five Tales for piano, was recorded with concert pianist Michael McHale. Past concert works include The Tempest, recorded by The Royal Scottish National Orchestra under his direction, and Wedding in the Night Garden, performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Eidelman has conducted many of the world’s top orchestras. His album My Muse is a collection of 10 songs which he composed and performed.
Sharon Farber is a celebrated film, TV, and concert music composer. She is a member of the executive committee of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a four-time Emmy® nominee, the recipient of the 2013 Society of Composers and Lyricists Award for “Outstanding work in the Art of Film Music,” and the 2012 Visionary Award In Music by The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase, and the winner of the Telly Award.
She has worked with networks such as NBC, CBS, Showtime and WB as well as scoring feature films. In the concert music world, Sharon has many credits to her name, including The Los Angeles Master Chorale, NY Virtuoso Singers, Pacific Serenade Ensemble, The Israeli Chamber Orchestra, The Northwest Sinfonietta, Orange County Women’s Chorale, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, The Jewish Symphony Orchestra, iPalpiti Artists International, The National Children Chorus, and more. Her music was performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and internationally in Germany, England, Mexico, Sweden, and Israel. Sharon has recently returned from a tour of the Pacific Northwest with her concerto for cello, orchestra and narrator, Bestemming, performed by master cellist Amit Peled.
Grammy®-winning conductor/composer Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010, and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. Resident/Assistant Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1998-2004, he has also appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Recent guest conducting highlights included debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem.
Richman’s numerous collaborations with film composers as their conductor has yielded recorded scores for such films as the Academy Award®-nominated The Village (with violinist, Hilary Hahn), As Good As It Gets, Face/Off, Se7en, Breakdown, The Manchurian Candidate, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, and The House with a Clock in its Walls. In 2010, John Williams invited him to lead the three-month national summer tour of Star Wars in Concert. As a composer, his music has been performed by over two hundred orchestras across the United States, and has been recorded by organizations such as the San Diego Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Debussy Trio.
“Mark McKenzie’s commanding orchestral prowess puts him among the foremost symphonists in Hollywood” writes the Hollywood Reporter. His 25 original films include The Greatest Miracle, and Max and Me, both doubly nominated for the IFMCA “Best Score of the Year,” and “Best Animated Score of the Year.” Max and Me took home top animated honors. Others scores include Francis Ford Coppola’s My Family, Abigail Breslin’s The Ultimate Gift, Whoopie Goldberg’s Blizzard, and the upcoming Universal Studios Dragonheart Vengeance. Mark’s compositions have been featured repeatedly on the Academy Awards®, in concert halls, and the Olympics. Twenty-four of his original soundtracks are available on Sony Classical, Intrada, Varese Sarabande, and other labels.
After completing his doctorate in Composition at USC studying with Boulez, Lutoslawski, and Lauridsen, Mark remained for a few years and taught theory, counterpoint, and orchestration. He has orchestrated over 100 films for Bruce Broughton, John Barry, Randy Edelman, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, Paul McCartney, John Powell, Marc Shaiman, and Alan Silvestri, including the Academy Award® winning Dances With Wolves, Academy Award® nominees Men in Black, and Good Will Hunting, blockbusters like Spiderman, Mission Impossible, Sleepless in Seattle, Star Trek 6,7, & 10, and the underscore to Danny Elfman’s classic Nightmare Before Christmas. Mark’s original scores and orchestrations have grossed over 13 billion dollars.
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