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March 19, 2004
Bernstein and Howard Talk Film Music

Distinguished film composers in L.A. Phil seminar series at Disney Hall

Los Angeles area film-music fans will have a rare opportunity to hear the thoughts of two of the finest composers currently working in motion pictures: Elmer Bernstein and James Newton Howard.

They will be featured as part of the ongoing Los Angeles Philharmonic seminar series "Inside/Outside: The Shape of Music in Los Angeles" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in BP Hall at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A.

Subtitled "The Entertainment Capital of the World," the discussion will be introduced by Susan Key and moderated by composer Cynthia Millar (A Storm in Summer), a Bernstein protege who is also much in demand for her skills as a performer on the Ondes Martenot.

Bernstein is a 14-time Academy Award nominee (and a winner for his 1967 score for Thoroughly Modern Millie) whose 150-plus film scores include such classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Magnificent Seven, The Man With the Golden Arm and The Great Escape. He has been writing film music for more than half a century and continues to do so. His most recent Oscar nomination was Far From Heaven.

Howard is a five-time Oscar nominee and one of the most respected of the current crop of younger-generation film composers. His credits include The Prince of Tides, The Fugitive, The Sixth Sense, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dinosaur, Signs and Peter Pan; he also composed the theme for television's ER.

As a Philharmonic press release states: "Entertainment is L.A.'s chief industry and most visible export. Musicians from all over come here to compose and play for film and television and to seek money, fame and the good life. These celebrated composers (will) talk about their experiences in Tinseltown."

This is the fourth in the series of seminars examining music and community in L.A. during the 20th and 21st centuries. According to a Philharmonic spokesman: "The series allows us the exploration of not only the rich variety of music in Los Angeles, but also the influence of the city itself on the creative life of musicians who came here to live and work."

Tickets, $10 each, are available at the L.A. Philharmonic box office and online at www.laphil.com.

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