Concerts and Events

Below is an overview of concerts and events that we most likely will attend.  All concert information is provided by Movies in Concert and from the websites of orchestras, organizers, conductors etc., and is used with permission.

 

06 October 2017
Napa, CA USA 
An Evening with Randy Newman
Randy Newman – Uptown Theatre

Program Info:
An Evening with RANDY NEWMAN

With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. Randy Newman’s many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013—the same year he was given an Ivor Novello PRS for Music Special International Award. His new album, Dark Matter, will be released on August 4, 2017 on Nonesuch Records.

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13 October 2017
Modesto, CA USA 
Disney in Concert: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Modesto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sarah Hicks – Gallo Center For the Arts

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Danny Elfman – The Nightmare Before Christmas

Enjoy Tim Burton’s enduring animated classic on the big screen – with dialog and effects – accompanied by Danny Elfman’s enigmatic score played live by your Modesto Symphony Orchestra. Follow Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s resident Pumpkin King, through his adventure to Christmas Town as he aims to shake up the holidays. “A stunningly original, visual delightful work,” this is one live performance you’ll have to see (and hear) to believe. Halloween costumes encouraged!

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14 October 2017
Long Beach, CA USA 
Lights, Camera, POPS!
Long Beach Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Rous – Long Beach Arena

Program Info:
Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Rous, conductor
Long Beach Camerata Singers, Choir

Experience epic film music from the past three decades as the orchestra performs masterpieces from
Alan Silvestri – Back to the Future
Ennio Morricone – Cinema Paradiso
John Williams – Harry Potter, and much more.

Plus, a grand John Williams suite featuring Long Beach’s own Camerata Singers!

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21 October 2017
San Jose, CA USA 
A New World – Final Fantasy
The New World Players conducted by Eric Roth – Montgomery Theater

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For the first time since 2015, A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY performs at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose. Featuring the New World Players versatile and dynamic chamber ensemble, acclaimed piano soloist Benyamin Nuss and conductor Eric Roth, A New World showcases a concert full of FINAL FANTASY music from throughout the game series. An exclusive, officially licensed production with renowned game developer SQUARE ENIX, only A New World delivers your favorite themes, satisfying surprises, beautiful melodies in inimitable and faithful style.

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27 October 2017
San Jose, CA USA 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

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John Williams – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. John Williams’ legendary score will be performed with a live symphony orchestra as the film is projected simultaneously on the big screen.

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31 October 2017
Oakland, CA USA 
Dracula (1931)
Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet – Paramount Theatre

Program Info:
Kronos Quartet
Philip Glass, piano
Michael Reisman, keyboards and director

Dracula (1931)
Directed by Tod Browning

Part of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday celebration, the GRAMMY-winning, Bay Area based Kronos Quartet and the composer himself perform his score to accompany a screening of Tod Browning’s iconic 1931 horror classic Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. Easily one of the most prolific and influential artists of 20th Century, Glass rose to prominence as one of the so-called “minimalist” composers in the late 1960s along with Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and LaMonte Young. His seminal long-form composition Music in 12 Parts, electric chamber opera Einstein on the Beach, and score to Godfrey Reggio’s groundbreaking 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi brought his singular approach to the mainstream, and Glass’ current work encompasses solo piano, chamber music, opera, and increasingly, soundtracks. Called “one of Glass’ most lyrical, moving works” by Billboard, his Dracula score was commissioned in 1999 for the Universal home video release of the film, employing keyboards played by the composer, conducting and additional keyboards by longtime Glass collaborator Michael Reisman, and strings by the Kronos Quartet. Formed by violinist David Harrington in 1973, Kronos is the most highly regarded performing ensemble devoted to contemporary composition, with over 850 individual works composed specifically for them. Veterans of dozens of albums and thousands of performances, Kronos has an established relationship with Glass, dating back to their appearance on Glass’ score recording to the 1985 film Mishima. In a perfect Halloween match of program and venue, this performance of the live score with the film takes place at Oakland’s Art Deco palace, the Paramount Theatre, opened in 1931 – the same year as the film’s release.

 

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08 November 2017
Los Angeles, CA USA 
Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (S U R V I V E) performing the music of “Stranger Things”
Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – The Theatre at Ace Hotel

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Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – Stranger Things

A live concert performance featuring Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – composers of Stranger Things. They will be performing the synth-fueled score from the hit Netflix series shortly after the highly anticipated Season 2 premiere on October 31st.

Kyle and Michael’s critically acclaimed Stranger Things Vol 1 & 2 both received nominations in the Best Score/Soundtrack for Visual Media category at the 2017 Grammy Awards – with Stranger Things being the only TV show in the category among Oscar-winning films like The Force Awakens, The Hateful Eight, Bridge of Spies, and The Revenant. This marks the first time in history when a TV score received two Grammy nominations for a single season.

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03 December 2017
San Diego, CA USA 
It’s a Wonderful Life
San Diego Symphony – Fox Theatre

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Dimitri Tiomkin – It’s a Wonderful Life

Experience one of the most cherished holiday movies of all time like
you’ve never seen it before: It’s a Wonderful Life — in Concert. You know the story: struggling Bedford Falls hero George Bailey discovers, through the timely intervention of his Guardian Angel Clarence on Christmas Eve, that he’s the “richest man in town.” Now this timeless classic will be accompanied by the San Diego Symphony performing Dmitri Tiomkin’s richly sentimental score LIVE.

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09 December 2017
San Jose, CA USA 
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of The Goddesses
Orchestra & Choir – City National Civic

Program Info:
Returning to San Jose this December, Symphony of the Goddesses brings Zelda fans and symphony-goers alike an entirely new, exciting multimedia experience — presenting over 30 years of music from The Legend of Zelda franchise as never before.

Fans will relive all of their favorite moments from a fully developed and thoughtfully structured program including all the memorable and beloved melodies.

Fall in Love. Again. Zelda Symphony Returns with Shows in Major Cities throughout North America and Europe.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2017 Tour will feature a new piece from the newly released Breath of the Wild, an all new movement from Skyward Sword, an updated overture, and the return of a classic piece that might just make some wishes come true!

Celebrating 30 years of stirring virtual adventure and memorable soundtracks with live orchestral renditions directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma, The Symphony of the Goddesses is now in its fourth season. The two-hour concert comes to life with a 57-piece orchestra, 20-person choir, and a reimagined score that draws from recent and requested Zelda games, including A Link Between Worlds, Twilight Princess, and the remake of Majora’s Mask, while still paying homage to such classics as Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past. The concert’s five-movement symphony regales ears with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music, recalling moments of Link conquering dungeons, running through forests, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear. Throughout the evening, a video collage syncs up with the adventurous tunes to spotlight exciting moments from the venerable franchise.

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16 December 2017
San Francisco, CA USA 
Home Alone
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – Davies Symphony Hall

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John Williams – Home Alone

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the San Francisco Symphony. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!

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20 January 2018
Los Angeles, CA USA 
Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy
Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Arnie Roth – Microsoft Theater

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Nobuo Uematsu in attendance!

Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY opens a new series of orchestral concerts: FINAL FANTASY 30th Anniversary – JIRITSU, coming to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles in January! Including a spectacular musical tribute to 30 years of FINAL FANTASY, music from the just-released FINAL FANTASY XV and much more to be announced! With revered FINAL FANTASY composer Nobuo Uematsu in attendance, music director/conductor Arnie Roth directs the massive Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus with exclusive breathtaking HD video direct from SQUARE ENIX.

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10 February 2018
Santa Rosa, CA USA 
Enter the New World
Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Christie – Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Program Info:
Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra
Michael Christie, conductor
Anna Fedorova, piano

Prokofiev’s riveting Third Piano Concerto performed by Anna Fedorova, one of the world’s premier young pianists, blends joyful rhythms with interludes of quiet reflection, followed by a sweeping final movement which builds to a thrilling conclusion. Music Director Candidate Michael Christie’s rich and varied program continues with Dvořák’s masterpiece New World Symphony, which is seeded with American melody and folklore, complementing and contrasting the opening Hollywood score, which demonstrates Bernstein’s equal ease with jazz rhythm and memorable, soaring melody.

Program:
Leonard Bernstein – On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite from the soundtrack of the film with the same title
Sergei Prokofiev -: Piano Concerto No. 3
Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9, From the New World

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28 February 2018
Los Angeles, CA USA 
The Oscar® Concert
Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Thomas Wilkins – Walt Disney Concert Hall

Program Info:
As part of the Oscar® Week celebrations for its 90th Anniversary, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® teams with the LA Phil to present this year’s nominated scores live in concert. Thomas Wilkins will lead a celebration of the fascinating history of film music, and the program will include suites and video from each nominated film.

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04 April 2018
San Francisco, CA USA 
Batman
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – Davies Symphony Hall

Program Info:
Danny Elfman – Batman

Watch Tim Burton’s Batman on the big screen featuring Danny Elfman’s Grammy Award-winning score performed live by the San Francisco Symphony. With Michael Keaton in the title role and Jack Nicholson as the iconic Joker, return to Gotham City and watch as the two battle for good and evil. Remember, only one will claim the night.

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06 April 2018
San Francisco, USA) 
Amadeus
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – Davies Symphony Hall

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Amadeus

Follow the story of Mozart’s final years in Amadeus, winner of eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Actor. These performances also feature the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus, reprising their role in the film’s original soundtrack.

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07 April 2018
Santa Rosa, CA USA 

Ode to California
Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruno Ferrandis – Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Program Info:
Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Tracy Silverman, electric violin
Jacalyn Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano
SSU Symphonic Chorus
Jenny Bent, Santa Rosa Symphony Choral Director

Tracy Silverman plays six-string electric violin, an instrument he pioneered, for The Dharma at Big Sur, a concerto composed for him by Pulitzer winner John Adams. The New York Times described Silverman’s premiere performance as “fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix.” Wagner revolutionized harmony in his romantic Tristan and Isolde. Vocalist and chorus join in for Alexander Nevsky, the Russian film score, for a monumental tale of battles, invasion, liberation and triumph.

Program:
Richard Wagner – Prelude and Liebestad from Tristan and Isolde
John Adams – The Dharma at Big Sur for Electric Violin
Sergei Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky for Mezzo-Soprano and Chorus

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08 April 2018
Walnut Creek, CA USA 
Master of the Movies: John Williams
Diablo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matilda Hofman – Lesher Center for the Arts

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Dinosaurs to swashbucklers, Star Wars to sharks, John Williams has given voice to a generation through his movie music. We will perform selections from some of William’s beloved works, including Star Wars and Harry Potter. Come to the symphony and immerse your imagination in the stylings of one of the most popular composers of our time. Costumes encouraged!

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08 September 2018
San Jose, CA USA 
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
Orchestra conducted by Ramin Djawadi – SAP Center

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The critically acclaimed Game of Thrones® Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi will bring the world of Westeros to the world giving fans the opportunity to watch in wonder as famed composer Ramin Djawadi leads an orchestra and choir performing music from all seven seasons of the iconic, Emmy® Award-winning HBO series. Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Featuring Ramin Djawadi will include new music and footage from Season 7, as well a new custom stage design and mesmerizing visuals courtesy of state of the art video technology.

“Bringing the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience to audiences earlier this year was a dream come true, dating back to an idea hatched over three years ago,” said Djawadi. “The scale and spectacle of the production brought the world of Westeros to life in a truly immersive fashion, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share the experience with fans not only in North America again, but also to cross the narrow sea for the first time and bring the show to Europe.”

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