Ennio Morricone to Conduct 200 Musicians and Singers at Nokia Theatre L.A., 3/20
Ennio Morricone, conducting an ensemble of 200 musicians and singers, will have a single performance at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 8 pm. This concert marks the legendary Morricone's first Los Angeles performance. Morricone has composed the scores for more than 450 films including five of Sergio Leone's westerns -- A Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; Once Upon a Time in the West and A Fistful of Dynamite - and The Battle of Algiers; Sacco and Vanzetti; Cinema Paradiso; 1900, Malena; The Untouchables; Once Upon A Time in America; The Mission; U-Turn; The Unknown Woman; and The Best Offer, among hundreds of others.
Also the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold Ennio Morricone in conversation with Quentin Tarantino at the Bing Theatre, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on Tuesday, March 18 at 8pm. At this event, Morricone will discuss his far-ranging career in a dialogue with writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Two-time Academy Award winner Tarantino has directed films that have redefined the American cinematic landscape, beginning with the one-two punch of Reservoir Dogs and the Palme d'Or winning Pulp Fiction. Beginning with 2003's Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and continuing with subsequent films Inglourious Bastards and Django Unchained, Tarantino has masterfully employed the music of Morricone, introducing the maestro's epic scores to new audiences.
This year Morricone was honoured with the Recording Academy Grammy Trustees Award; in 2007 he received Academy Honorary Award in recognition of his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Tickets for the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE Ennio Morricone concert, priced from $59.75 are on sale through AXS.com, and by phone at (888) 929-7849. Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE is located at 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, CA 90015. For more information, visit enniomorricone-usa-2014.com. The concert is presented by Massimo Gallotta Productions and AEG and also will be scheduled in New York at Barclays Center Cushman and Wakefield Theatre on March 23, 2014. For more information regarding Ennio Morricone in conversation with Quentin Tarantino please visit Oscars.org.
Born in Rome on November 10, 1928, Ennio Morricone started his film-composing career in 1961 with Il Federale directed by Luciano Salce. Morricone then became famous worldwide with his scores for Sergio Leone's westerns. Since that time, Morricone has composed music for films by directors including Pedro Almodovar, Warren Beatty, Bernardo Bertolucci, Brian De Palma, Roland Joffè, Adrian Lyne, Giuliano Montaldo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roman Polanski, Gillo Pontecorvo, Oliver Stone, Giuseppe Tornatore, Margarethe Von Trotta, Henry Verneuil, and Lina Wertmuller.
Morricone has been nominated for five Academy Awards, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for the soundtrack album of The Good The Bad and the Ugly, won two Grammy Awards for Once Upon a Time in the West and The Untouchables, two Golden Globe awards for his scores for The Mission and 1900; the ASCAP lifetime achievement award, the career achievement award by the Film Music Society, and 27 Gold and 6 Platinum records.
Morricone has composed over 100 pieces of concert music since 1946 including Concerto per Orchestra n.1 (1957); Frammenti di Eros (1985); Cantata per L'Europa (1988); UT, per tromba, archi e percussioni (1991); Ombra di Lontana Presenza (1997); Voci dal Silenzio (2002); Sicilo ed altri Frammenti (2006); Vuoto D'Anima Piena (2008); and Una Messa (2013).
Since 2001, Morricone has engaged in intense concert activity, and has conducted more than 100 concerts in Europe, Asia, the United States, and in Central and South America of his film music and concert works. On February 2, 2007, Morricone conducted Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra in a major concert at the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the appointment of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, followed the next day by his historic United States debut at Radio City Music Hall, in a concert produced by Massimo Gallotta, who is producing the current Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Barclays Center concerts.