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Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling, and the process and importance that this has in filmmaking. Composer Danny Elfman and visionary Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton have created a unique concert experience, blending music and visuals to celebrate the nearly three decades long partnership of two of Hollywood's top creators. Conducted by Jason Hiester, this live concert features Danny Elfman's famous film scores brought to life on stage by the Columbus Symphony, enhanced by visuals on the big screen of Tim Burton's original film sketches, drawings, and storyboards. Please note: Danny Elfman and Tim Burton will NOT be present at the concert.

The Columbus Symphony presents Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) tonight, November 15, at 8pm. Tickets are $25-$68 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000.

Over the last 30 years, four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the industry. He has collaborated with such directors as Tim Burton, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, Ang Lee, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Brian De Palma, and Peter Jackson. Beginning with his first score on Tim Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure,

Elfman has scored a broad range of films including Milk (Oscar nominated), Good Will Hunting (Oscar nominated), Big Fish (Oscar nominated), Men in Black (Oscar nominated), Edward Scissorhands, Wanted, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mission: Impossible, Planet of the Apes, A Simple Plan, To Die For, Spider-Man (1 & 2), Batman, Dolores Claiborne, Sommersby, Chicago, Dick Tracy, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Alice in Wonderland. Most recently, he has provided the music for David O' Russell's award-winning Silver Linings Playbook, Tim Burton's Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, and Sasha Gervasi's Hitchcock, as well as Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful, Chris Wedge's animated film Epic, and the Errol Morris documentary The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld.

A native of Los Angeles, Elfman grew up loving film music. He travelled the world as a young man, absorbing its musical diversity. He helped found the band Oingo Boingo, and came to the attention of a young Tim Burton who asked him to write the score for Pee-wee's Big Adventure. More than 25 years later, the two have forged one of the most fruitful composer-director collaborations in film history. In addition to his film work, Elfman wrote the iconic theme music for the television series "The Simpsons" and "Desperate Housewives." He also composed a ballet, Rabbit and Rogue, choreographed by Twyla Tharp, a symphony entitled Serenada Schizophrana for Carnegie Hall, an overture called The Overeager Overture for the Hollywood Bowl, and "Iris," a Cirque du Soleil show.

Tim Burton, widely regarded as one of the cinema's most imaginative filmmakers, has enjoyed great success in both the live-action and animation arenas. Most recently, he directed and produced the critically acclaimed Frankenweenie which was a 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Picture.

Earlier in 2012, Burton directed Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, and Eva

Green in the gothic thriller Dark Shadows based on the cult favorite television show. He also produced the fantasy horror Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter directed by Timur Behmambetov.

In 2010, he directed Alice in Wonderland, an epic fantasy based on the classic story by Lewis Carroll, which earned more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest-grossing release of 2010. The film also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, and won two Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

Burton was previously honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature for the 2005 stop-motion film Corpse Bride which he directed and produced. He earlier received BAFTA Award and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Director for the acclaimed fantasy drama Big Fish. More recently, Burton won a National Board of Review Award and garnered Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations for his directing work on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which also won the Golden Globe for Best Film - Musical or Comedy.

Burton began his film career in animation, and in 1982, directed the stop-motion animated short "Vincent," narrated by Vincent Price, which was an award winner on the film festival circuit. He made his feature film directorial debut in 1985 with the hit comedy Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.

In 1988, Burton helmed the inventive comedy hit Beetlejuice and the action blockbuster Batman, which became the top-grossing film of 1989.

In 1990, Burton directed, co-wrote, and produced the romantic fantasy Edward Scissorhands, acclaimed by critics and audiences and marking the start of his successful cinematic partnership with Johnny Depp. Their subsequent collaborations include the Burton-directed films Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, and the 2005 worldwide smash Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Burton's additional directing credits include the all-star sci-fi comedy Mars Attacks!, which he also produced, and the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes.

He also conceived and produced the stop-motion animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas, which remains an enduring holiday favorite. In addition, he has produced such films as Cabin Boy, Batman Forever, and the animated features James and the Giant Peach and 9.

In 2010, the filmmaker released The Art of Tim Burton, a 430-page book comprising more than 40 years of his personal and project artwork. In November of that year, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) opened an extensive exhibit of his work, which went on to tour in Melbourne, Toronto, Los Angeles, Paris, and Seoul.

Photo by Paul Sanders

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