Next week, during Hollywood in Vienna – Gala night, October 14th – 8:00pm, Alexandre Desplat will take the baton to conduct a World Premiere of The Secret Life of Pets (2016) with world-class ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in the historic Vienna Concert Hall (Wiener Konzerthaus).
The rest of the Hollywood in Vienna – Gala night will be conducted by Keith Lockhart, chief conductor of the Boston Pops, and presented by Hollywood film expert Steven Gätjen.
In the course of the gala, which will be broadcast on TV to 36 countries, Alexandre Desplat will receive the prestigious Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award, presented by the City of Vienna, being the 8th composer after John Barry, Howard Shore, Alan Silvestri, Lalo Schifrin, James Horner, Randy Newman and James Newton Howard to receive the Viennese award.
As mentioned earlier in this article (link), the concert will have two parts. The first one under the name The Sound of Space, will feature music from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Interstellar, Star Wars, Star Trek, Contact, Gravity and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.
The second part, under the name A Tribute to Alexandre Desplat, will honor the Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Grammy winner Alexandre Desplat, having world premieres of his scores from The secret Life of Pets, Argo, Julie & Julia, Lust & Caution and the song “Still Dream” from Rise of the Guardians (performed by German Pop and R&B singer Grace Capristro).
For the performance of the Academy Award-winning film music to The Grand Budapest Hotel, the Swiss yodeler of the soundtrack, Ruedi Roth, will perform together with his Yodeling-Group, joined by a Russian ensemble with Balalaikas, Mandolin Players, Russian Dancers, a Male Choir and the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Derya Türkan, the original musician who performed the Kemenche musical instrument for Argo, will perform together with a Viennese oriental ensemble.
Further beautiful Desplat scores that will be performed during the Award Gala include The Girl With a Pearl Earring, The Imitation Game, The Ghost Writer, Godzilla and Harry Potter.
Performers from the USA, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Turkey and Iran will appear at the concert.
Alexandre Desplat will also give a Master-Class and talk with Q+A for composers and students at the respected University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna during the International Film Music Symposium Vienna (FIMU Vienna) on Oct 13 and Oct 14. You can find more information in this article posted last week (link).
Hollywood in Vienna was founded in 2007 by Sandra Tomek (Tomek Productions). The symphonic gala concert celebrates classic and current masterpieces of film music. During the course of the gala concert, the City of Vienna awards one of today’s leading film music composers with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award. The Viennese composer Max Steiner belongs to the most influential pioneers in the history of Hollywood movies and scored all-time classics like King Kong, Gone with the Wind and Casablanca. The award is meant to be a symbol of recognition for exceptional achievements in the art of film music.
SoundTrackFest will attend Hollywood in Vienna 2016, both concert and FIMU Symposium, and will post news about the events in Facebook (link).