On September 29th, legendary composer Danny Elfman will receive the prestigious Max Steiner Award during this year’s edition of Hollywood in Vienna!

The tickets have already gone on sale and by now it might be quite tough to get tickets for the gala evening on September 29th – but usually short before the concert it is possible to purchase some of tickets that go on sale again for various reasons. For the concert on the 28th – without the official award ceremony but with the same musically once again very exciting programme – tickets are still available here. So in case you haven’t booked your seats yet, you can just go ahead, get your tickets for the 28th and try to purchase some for the 29th afterwards as well, Vienna sure isn’t the worst place for a bit longer holiday anyway.

Personally, I really hope to hear an exclusive suite of his Spider-Man scores as well as I’m especially looking forward to hear Good Will Hunting. Apart from that, I’m sure it will be great fun to see Danny Elfman performing some of his favourite songs live on stage again – just as he did during the concert series of Denny Elfman’s Music from the films of Tim Burton. In terms of the first half of the concert programme in Vienna which will bring some of the greatest fantasy scores to life again, I’m excited to see Mulan on the list as well as as Life of Pi. But all in all the full programme sounds once again really good.

Here’s for you the official press release that has been sent out last night:

Four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “Good Will Hunting”, “Milk”) to receive the distinguished Max Steiner Award in the City of Music, Vienna

Vienna is without a doubt the music capital of the world. More famous composers have lived here than in any other city – in Vienna, music is literally in the air. It’s no surprise that therefore it’s the Austrian born composer Max Steiner (“Gone with the Wind”, “Casablanca”), who is one of the fathers of film music as we know it today.

Each year, the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award commemorates the Viennese composer Max Steiner. The prestigious award is presented by the City of Vienna during the annual Hollywood in Vienna gala to one of the world’s most renowned film music composers and is a symbol of recognition for exceptional achievements in the art of film music.

The 10th Annual Hollywood in Vienna gala, which has established itself as a leading event of its kind, will take place on September 29th at the historic Concert Hall (Konzerthaus) in Vienna, Austria and is broadcast via TV, internationally in over 35 countries. Hollywood in Vienna CEO and Founder Sandra Tomek is excited to announce that Grammy & Emmy Winner and four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman will be bestowed with the 2017 Max Steiner Award.

“Not many living composers can compete with a legacy such as Danny Elfman. His scores shape and influence modern pop culture, and his iconic music is inseparable from Tim Burton’s movies. We will pay homage to this great composer of countless unforgettable soundtracks”, says Sandra Tomek.

Elfman joins an illustrious group of prior recipients of the Max Steiner Award such as Alexandre Desplat (2016), James Newton Howard (2015), Randy Newman (2014), and the late James Horner (2013).

Danny Elfman Hollywood in Vienna

Danny Elfman is “beyond excited” to receive the prestigious Max Steiner Award in Vienna.

“I’m beyond excited, to be awarded in Vienna”, says Danny Elfman. “I have never been to Vienna and look forward to be there. I’m a huge admirer of Max Steiner”.

Over the last 30 years, Danny Elfman has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the industry. He has collaborated with such directors as Tim Burton, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, Ang Lee, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Brian De Palma, and Peter Jackson.

Beginning with his first score on Tim Burton’s “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”, Elfman has scored a broad range of films, including: “Milk” (Oscar nominated), “Good Will Hunting” (Oscar nominated), “Big Fish” (Oscar nominated), “Men in Black” (Oscar nominated), “Edward Scissorhands”, “Wanted”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Mission: Impossible”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Spider-Man” (1 & 2), “Batman”, “Chicago”, “Dick Tracy”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, “Alice in Wonderland”, David O. Russell’s award-winning films “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”, Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful”, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”, the Errol Morris documentary “The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld”, Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes”, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Fifty Shades of Grey”. Recently he has provided the music for “The Girl on the Train”, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “Fifty Shades Darker”. Up next for Elfman is The Weinstein Company’s “Tulip Fever” and the sci-fi thriller “The Circle” directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.

Hollywood in Vienna is excited that Mr. Elfman will perform some special renditions of his memorable songs during the gala.

His work will be performed by the world-class ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Mauceri, who conducted the first Hollywood in Vienna concert in 2007 and returns for the 10th Anniversary of this great concert event. John Mauceri’s distinguished and extraordinary career has brought him to not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of Academia. Regarded as the world’s leading performer of the music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, he has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many kinds of music and has supervised/conducted premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Bernstein, Hindemith, Elfman, Ives, and Shore. As an accomplished recording artist, John Mauceri has over 70 albums to his name, and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison, Cannes Classique, Billboard, two Diapasons d’Or, three Emmys, and four Deutsche Schallplatten Awards.

The theme of the first half of the 2017 Hollywood in Vienna gala concert is “Fairytales” and will feature music from the Disney Live-Action movie “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Narnia Chronicles”, “Finding Neverland”, “The Lion King”, “Life of Pi”, and music from the “Final Fantasy” video game series, celebrating its 30th Anniversary.

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The Vienna Konzerthaus. (Photo Credit: Rene Wallentin)

About Hollywood in Vienna

Hollywood in Vienna (read our behind-the-scenes article here) 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.
For more information please visit: http://www.hollywoodinvienna.com/

Hollywood in Vienna
September 29, 2017, 8:00 pm
Vienna Concert Hall (Wiener Konzerthaus)
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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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