February 11, 2015
Andrea Morricone in Concert
Italian maestro to conduct orchestra, choirs in Santa Monica by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—Italian composer Andrea Morricone will conduct the Amor Symphonic Orchestra and choirs in a concert of film classics at 8 p.m. Friday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Calif.
He is calling the concert "Cinematic Visions, new arrangements of timeless masterpieces," including two versions of his best-known work, the love theme from the Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso: a new vocal version titled "You" plus a suite from the score (which he co-composed with his father Ennio Morricone).
With an orchestra of about 50, the addition of electronics plus a 34-voice choir and 20-voice children's choir, Morricone will also perform new arrangements of film classics including The Godfather and 8 1/2 (Nino Rota), The Sting (Scott Joplin), The Piano (Michael Nyman), The Pink Panther (Henry Mancini), The Sheltering Sky (Ryuichi Sakamoto), Schindler's List (John Williams) and Gone With the Wind (Max Steiner).
From his father Ennio Morricone's vast repertoire, the younger Morricone will perform new versions of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; "The Ecstasy of Gold" from the same score; Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion; "Deborah's Theme" from Once Upon a Time in America; and a suite from The Mission.
Morricone will also perform six new pieces showcasing his own compositional prowess, including "Adagio" for accordion, electronics, gospel soloists, adult choir and orchestra; "Tango Forte," for two pianos, orchestra and electronics; "Action" for adult choir, children's choir, electronics and orchestra; "Secret Passage" for orchestra; "Theme in D Minor" for electronics and orchestra; and "Ostinato" for adult choir, electronics and orchestra.
Morricone, now based in Los Angeles, is the composer of such scores as Liberty Heights, Capturing the Friedmans and more recently L'Industriale which won the Italian Golden Globe for best original score.
He speaks of "investigating the potential of these themes" using not just the traditional orchestra and choir but also the use of electronica, "a very strong rhythm section, but without forgetting orchestral percussion." He hopes to reach a younger generation with this fusion of old and new in music.
©2015 Jon Burlingame