The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will present “The Oscar Concert,” a special one-night-only one-of-a-kind celebration of film music, at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 28 starting at 8 p.m.
As part of the Oscar week celebrations for its 90th anniversary, the Academy, in partnership with the LA Phil, will present never-before-heard arrangements of this year’s five Original Score Oscar nominees.
Curated by composers and Academy Governors Michael Giacchino, Laura Karpman and Charles Bernstein, the evening will offer an insider’s look at film scoring across the decades, with select scores performed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, and special guest Terence Blanchard (trumpet), with additional special guests to be announced.
“The Oscar Concert” will explore the history of film music through special arrangements of beloved scores by composers including Tan Dun, Quincy Jones, Mica Levi, Rachel Portman, A.R. Rahman, and many more, with accompanying film clips shown in HD on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s large screen.
The evening will open with an introduction by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter, who will explore the challenges and rewards of film scoring, utilizing music from the Oscar-winning film “UP.”
Organized into vignettes, the program will explore the emotions and excitement that film scores evoke, including the sound of home, the sound of the chase, the sound of fear, the sound of love, and the sound of courage.
The evening will close with the world premiere of specially arranged suites from all five Original Score nominees: “Dunkirk” by Hans Zimmer; “Phantom Thread” by Jonny Greenwood; “The Shape of Water” by Alexandre Desplat; “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” by John Williams; and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” by Carter Burwell.
Tickets are available for purchase at LAPhil.com, in person at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or by phone at 323-850-2000.
The 90th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network.