David Newman to Conduct New York Philharmonic in PIXAR IN CONCERT, 5/1-3
The New York Philharmonic will present Pixar in Concert, a program illustrating Pixar's mastery of film scoring to underscore its celebrated storytelling. Clips from all 14 Pixar films released to date - the Toy Story trilogy; A Bug's Life; Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University; Finding Nemo; The Incredibles; Cars and Cars 2; Ratatouille; Wall·E; UP; and Brave - will be screened as the Orchestra performs the music live, led by film composer and conductor David Newman. The concerts take place Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m.
"Music, to me, is one of the most important things to give a movie emotion. Lighting, color, and music are all things I use as a storyteller," John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, has said. The 14 Pixar scores have been composed by 4 composers - Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman, and Patrick Doyle - and have collectively earned 3 Academy Awards, 10 Academy Award nominations, and 10 Grammy Awards. This music pays homage to an array of influences, including Gershwin, Copland, John Williams, Henry Mancini, surf rock, and Celtic music.
David Newman is one of today's most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 25-year career, he has scored more than 100 films, from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger, and Heathers to Tarzan, The Spirit, and Serenity. His music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa; top-grossing comedies Galaxy Quest, The Nutty Professor, and Throw Mama from the Train; and the award-winning animated films Ice Age and The Brave Little Toaster. He earned an Academy Award nomination for his score to the animated feature Anastasia. Mr. Newman is also a highly sought-after conductor and appears with leading orchestras throughout the world. He has led subscription weeks with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall; regularly conducts the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and presides over the annual movie night at the Hollywood Bowl. In July 2011 he conducted the premiere of a production of West Side Story in which the film was screened with live orchestral accompaniment with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and has conducted the work with the New York Philharmonic (in September 2011), The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Chicago, Boston, and Sydney symphony orchestras. In December 2013 he premiered the film-with-orchestra project Home Alone, conducting John Williams's complete score to picture with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. Upcoming engagements include debuts at the Ravinia festival (with the Chicago Symphony) and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Neumunster, Germany, as well as his third consecutive appearance leading the Hollywood in Vienna Gala in Austria. Mr. Newman has spent considerable time unearthing and restoring film music classics for the concert hall, and headed the Sundance Institute's music- preservation program in the late 1980s. Passionate about nurturing the next generation of musicians, he recently served as the American Youth Symphony's president of the board. He is also on the Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. The son of nine-time Oscar-winning composer Alfred Newman, Los Angeles-born David Newman trained in violin and piano from an early age and earned degrees in orchestral conducting and violin performance from the University of Southern California. From 1977 to 1982 he worked extensively in the motion picture and television industry.