"The Big Picture", a perennial favorite summer evening, pays tribute this year to the extraordinary 95-year legacy of Paramount Pictures on Sunday, September 2, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., at the Hollywood Bowl. David Newman, widely recognized as one of Hollywood's foremost composers, leads the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in an evening produced in cooperation with Paramount Pictures with film music performed live and scenes on the big screen, featuring works from movies ranging from 1927's "Wings", the first movie and the only silent film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, to 2006's Dreamgirls, and many other classic movies in between.
Tickets ($7 - $111) are on sale now at HollywoodBowl.com, at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office (Tuesday - Saturday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.), or by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, and at all Ticketmaster outlets (Macy's, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations). Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.
Newman, in his career of 20 years, has scored over 100 films ranging from "War of the Roses", "Hoffa", Bowfinger and "Heathers" to the more recent Serenity and Ice Age. The recipient of numerous honors from the motion picture and classical music industries, he holds an Academy Award nomination for his score to the animated feature Anastasia and was the first composer to have his piece, 1001 Nights, performed in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's FILMHARMONIC Series.
Among the films whose music will be performed in addition to "Wings" (Davis) and Dreamgirls (Krieger/Eyen) are Forrest Gump (Silvestri), "A Place in the Sun" and "Sunset Blvd." (Waxman), The Godfather (Rota), "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and Raiders of the Lost Ark (Williams), Grease (Casey/Jacobs), Mission: Impossible (Schifrin), Star Trek and Chinatown (Goldsmith), Transformers (Jablonsky), Titanic (Horner), "True Grit" (Bernstein) and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (Mancini).
DAVID NEWMAN continues to thrill audiences with new additions to an already vast and impressive catalogue of film scores. Newman is revered not only for his original voice but for his expert versatility which has enabled him to collaborate on such diverse projects as the critically-acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and "Hoffa", and top-grossing comedies Norbit, "Scooby-Doo", Galaxy Quest, The Nutty Professor, The Flintstones, and "Throw Mama From the Train". In 1987, Newman was selected by Robert Redford as music director of the Sundance Institute. During his tenure he wrote an original score and conducted the Utah Symphony for the classic silent motion picture "Sunrise" which opened the Sundance Film Festival in 1989. As a benefit for the Film Music Preservation Program at Sundance, he began to conduct a series of concerts throughout the country and has since been committed to unearthing and restoring film music classics for the concert hall. In March 2007, he was elected President of the Film Music Society, a nonprofit organization formed by entertainment industry professionals to preserve and restore motion picture and television music. As a Hollywood composer, Newman has the distinction of being a highly sought-after conductor, appearing with leading symphony orchestras throughout the world in both the film and classical repertory, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, and the American Symphony at Avery Fischer Hall. In the 2005/2006 season he led a subscription week with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert. Also an active composer for the concert hall, Newman wrote a six-movement Concerto for Winds for the Long Beach (Calif.) Symphony Orchestra, premiering one movement at a time (spotlighting the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn) throughout the symphony's 2006-07 season. In recent seasons, Newman's concert works have been performed at the Ravinia Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival. The son of nine-time Oscar-winning composer, Alfred Newman, cousin of recording artist and film composer Randy Newman, and brother of film composer Thomas Newman, Newman was born in Los Angeles and earned degrees in orchestral conducting and violin from the University of Southern California.
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 39th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2007, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the third year in a row at the 18th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards; the Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.