What a time to be alive! Hard to image only a decade ago, we now see new film music concerts and entire composer tours being announced on an almost daily basis. Especially events like the World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, the Film Music Festival in Krakow or Hollywood in Vienna have turned the birthplace of classical music into the home of film music concerts.
Now, Tomek Productions have brought their successful concert model of Hollywood in Vienna to Hamburg and invite you to enjoy the music of Danny Elfman, David Arnold and John Powell in the brand new Elbphilharmonie. You can read all about it in the official press release below:
The concert series “Hollywood in Hamburg” will bring Danny Elfman, David Arnold and John Powell to the prestigious concert hall to celebrate iconic Hollywood Scores
Europe is the birthplace of classical music and the brand new Elbphilharmonie, one of the largest and acoustically advanced concert halls in the world, is a crown jewel venue celebrating this art form. Nowadays more and more high profile concert halls and music festivals all over Europe add the masterful compositions of great Hollywood composers to their line-up to attract younger audiences with mass appeal. The critically acclaimed Elbphilharmonie will add a concert series with some of these iconic Hollywood composers to its highly anticipated program. Elphi, as the hall is nicknamed, in cooperation with “Hollywood in Vienna” and Tomek Productions will bring The Big Screen to the HafenCity. Danny Elfman, David Arnold and John Powell will be a part of this one-of-a-kind concert format, in which they will give “behind the scenes” stories and tell fun anecdotes of their cooperation with Hollywood’s Top Filmmakers. But the star of the evening will be their scores brought to life in an opulent setting within this popular venue.
The first concert on Sept 30, 2017 is named “Batman meets Alice” and is dedicated to a man that shaped the sound of modern Hollywood scores for the past 30 years: four-time Academy Award nominee Danny Elfman. He added magical music to the fantastic images of Tim Burton in movies such as “Edward Scissorhands”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Batman” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.
The glamorous concert event, “The Sound of James Bond” on March 25, 2018, features the unforgettable sound of 007. Two British composers created the distinct music of some of the biggest movies in the franchise: John Barry (1933-2011) and David Arnold, who will be the guest of honor that night, with a program including some of Bond’s most famous themes, including “Goldfinger”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “The World Is Not Enough”, “Casino Royale” and more.
“Ice Age and Beyond” is the title of the third concert in the series, taking place on June 24, 2018. This concert is dedicated to animated movies, one of the most successful genres in Hollywood. A composer that brings the wondrous moving pictures to life is John Powell, the star of this evening. He is known for popular animated films such as “Ice Age”, “Happy Feet”, “Rio”, “How To Train Your Dragon” (Academy Award Nomination) and also the “Bourne” Thrillers with Matt Damon and the comedy “Mr & Mrs Smith”.
The concert is a cooperation of Semmel Concerts Entertainment GmbH and Hollywood in Vienna/Tomek Productions.
About Hollywood in Vienna and Tomek Productions
Hollywood in Vienna [read our behind-the-scenes article] 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: hollywoodinvienna.com
About Semmel Concerts
Semmel Concerts is named after Dieter Semmelmann, who founded the company in 1991. The company consists of a team of 150 entertainment professionals, working from offices in eight German cities. Since the beginning of its partnership in 2000 with Eventim, the largest ticket service provider in Europe, the company has earned a place at the forefront of national and international live entertainment. Every year, the company organizes more than 1,500 events in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, attracting more than five million visitors. Additionally, the company is also a producer of live entertainment and exhibitions, with many of their productions touring internationally. Semmel Concerts has won the Live Entertainment Award (LEA) many times, including “Promoter of the Year 2016.” They present concerts, festivals, musicals, family entertainment, exhibitions, corporate events and other cultural events in the German-speaking hemisphere. At the same time, Semmel Concerts also produces and presents entire concert tours with artists and their agents/managements, and produces and promotes live entertainment in collaboration with partners from the music industry and from media companies.
Semmel Concerts particular strength lies in the combination of working as an experienced, well-connected local promoter in all major German markets on one side, and promoting/producing local and international concert tours on the other side. The company has collaborated for many years with promoters in neighboring countries, enabling them to offer Pan-European tours to artists and their agents. With a diversified team and competences in all genres of live entertainment, together with an extensive partner network, Semmel Concerts is the “all-in-one” partner for artists and their agents and managements, for the music industry and media companies as well as for venues.
Dieter Semmelmann is the company’s managing partner. SC Exhibitions and Semmel Concerts Corporate Events complete the company structure alongside the Semmel Concerts Premium Entertainment division. We hold stakes in the Promoters Group Munich, Austrian promoters Showfactory in Bregenz and LS Konzertagentur in Vienna as well as Arena Berlin, a landmark venue for events and exhibitions in Germany’s capital city.