UPDATE (9/4/2020): The festival has been postponed to 2021 due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic (read more)
Hollywood in Vienna festival, that will celebrate its 13th edition on October 2 & 3, 2020, has confirmed its guest of honor: Alan Menken.
Alan Menken is one of Hollywood’s most successful film composers and a true Disney legend, who has written melodies that are known around the globe and are beloved by generations.
Alan Menken is a record-breaker in terms of prizes and awards: he is the only living creative in Hollywood with a total of eight Oscars. He has also been awarded eleven Grammys, a Tony, seven Golden Globes and countless other prestigious awards. This year, Menken will receive the “Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award 2020” by the City of Vienna at the Hollywood in Vienna film music gala (October 3rd).
The concert, with the name of ‘A Celebration of Disney Classics – Featuring Alan Menken’, will celebrate the magic of the Disney universe with the presence of the guest of honor and many top-class interpreters at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna (Austria). The music will be performed by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emmy award-winner Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken‘s long-standing music director.
In Alan Menken’s words:
“I am truly honored to be receiving the prestigious Max Steiner Award this year, and I feel humbled to have my name and work associated with the brilliant and legendary Max Steiner himself. The way his creative life moved from theater to film to the concert stage, even as his personal life moved him from Austria to England, and from Broadway to Hollywood, is an inspiration for all of us who follow in his footsteps nearly 50 years after his passing. And to receive this award in Vienna, the classical music capitol of the world, promises to make this one of the highlights of my life and career.”
In Sandra Tomek’s words (Hollywood in Vienna CEO & founder):
“Alan Menken has received 20 Oscar nominations and has won more Academy Awards than any living artist. Alan Menken wrote the melodies we listened to growing up from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Aladdin’. And now our children listen to those melodies once again through Disney’s live-action adaptations of those films. Alan wrote melodies that are known around the globe and are beloved by generations. This is an extraordinary accomplishment that needs to be honored with this award.”
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