Tuesday, 02 March 2021

Rare concert gives Oscar-nominated composers an audience


LOS ANGELES: The composers of movie music spend most of their lives being heard not seen, but they’re about to get a rare flash of the spotlight. In just the second such concert in 90 years of the Academy Awards, the five Oscar-nominated film scores will be performed Wednesday night at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. And four of the composers will conduct the orchestra themselves. They include the widely beloved John Williams, whose music for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” brought him his 51st Oscar nomination; and the lesser-known Carter Burwell, whose nomination for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is his second. Hans Zimmer will lead a performance of his tension-building score for “Dunkirk,” and Oscar favorite Alexandre Desplat will present his eerie romantic melodies from “The Shape of Water.”

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