UPDATE: Watch the the official recording of the live performance.

Next week, on October 14, the recent animation film The Secret Life of Pets will come to life in the historic Vienna Concert Hall (Wiener Konzerthaus), where Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Grammy winning film composer Alexandre Desplat takes over the baton to conduct the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In the course of the “Hollywood in Vienna” gala, which is broadcast on TV to 36 countries, Desplat will receive the prestigious Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award, presented by the City of Vienna. Desplat will be 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.

We were there last year when James Newton Howard’s music was celebrated and it really was a truly memorable event. You can get a good impression from last year’s concert by watching the TV recordings of The Hanging Tree as well as the suites from Blood Diamond and Maleficent.

From The Secret Life of Pets to Godzilla and Harry Potter

Apart from The Secret Life of Pets, “Hollywood in Vienna” announced concert world premieres of Desplat’s scores to, Argo, Julie & Julia, Lust & Caution as well as the song Still Dream from Rise of the Guardians Rise of the Guardians – performed by German Pop and R&B singer Grace Capristro. 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.

Also, 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 Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Derya Türkan, the original musician who performed the Kemenche for Argo will perform together with a Viennese oriental ensemble. All in all performers from the USA, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Turkey and from Iran will appear at the concert. Just like last year apart from Alexandre Desplat’s appearance on stage for The Secret Life of Pets, the concert will be conducted by Keith Lockhart, chief conductor of the Boston Pops.

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 info at fimuvienna.com.

About Hollywood in Vienna

Hollywood in Vienna was founded in 2007 by Sandra Tomek (Tomek Productions); you can find more information on how it all came about in our extensive Behind the Scenes article from last year. 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.

You can find more info at HollywoodInVienna.com as well as in our previous news article about this year’s Hollywood in Vienna edition.

Cover Foto Credit: Thomas Mikusz / White Bear PR

Posted by Peter F. Ebbinghaus

Based in Berlin, Germany. Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief. Music Producer at Eon Sounds Productions. Founder of Composers for Relief. Keeps Moving.

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