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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

HSO Debuts May 18th

I received the following release this evening. I didn't reprint it whole-hog. Sadly it's another film music concert that seemingly bolsters itself with classical music and speaking parts. The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and it's mission are commendable, but the program may induce some head-scratching. Here are the details...

The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, dedicated to symphonic film music, led by composer/conductor John Scott, will debut in concert May 18th at 8 PM, Royce Hall, UCLA.

The program will feature works by Karas, Jarre, Mahler, Mozart, Steiner, Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Victor Young and John Scott.

John Scott leads an 80-member orchestra with a 40-voice choir through "compositions for the silver screen as well as timeless classical pieces utilized in film scores, from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Death in Venice." The concert will finish with a new symphonic suite adapted from Scott’s score for Antony and Cleopatra with "special performers reciting excerpts of Shakespeare’s immortal dialogue".

Further program details can be found at UCLA Live and the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra website.