“Members of the film scoring community got to take a long, congratulatory breather with a celebratory concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night,” writes Andrew Barker in Thursday’s (3/1) Variety. “Presented by the LA Phil and the Academy [of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences], the Oscar Concert offered a stirring evening of music from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, featuring suites from each of this year’s five Oscar-nominated original scores, most conducted by the composers themselves. Lalo Schifrin, A.R. Rahman, Ava DuVernay, Daniela Vega, Common and last year’s Oscar winner Justin Hurwitz were some of the luminaries on hand for the evening, which kicked off with an introduction from Michael Giacchino (who won the best score Oscar for ‘Up’). Joined by conductor Thomas Wilkins, Giacchino offered a cute demonstration of the film scoring process.… The early program consisted of segments from famous past film scores, as Wilkins ran through pieces … set to clip reels from past Oscar honorees.… The second half of the program was dedicated to the year’s score nominees themselves, with Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams and Hans Zimmer all joining the orchestra for their respective pieces.”

Posted March 5, 2018