Dallas Symphony Orchestra Announces “Masters of Film Music” Series

Film Music Magazine • November 5, 2009

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has announced a new multi-year programming initiative: the Masters of Film Music. This new series brings the music of some of today’s top film composers to Dallas as part of the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 Dallas Symphony Pops Series. The Masters of Film Music will feature a Dallas Symphony Orchestra-commissioned world premiere work written by each composer, combined with a multi-media career retrospective with images on a larger-than-life screen.

The top composers whose world premiere commissions and career retrospectives will be featured in the Masters of Film Music are James Newton Howard, George Fenton, Theodore Shapiro, Michael Giacchino, Harry Gregson-Williams, and an evening of the “All Time Great Music of Film” which will also feature a new work by Sir Anthony Hopkins, conducted by DSO Music Director Jaap van Zweden.

“This project is revolutionary in the sense that we are combining the works of the top living film composers, whose music is heard by millions of people around the world, with the artistic power of the Dallas Symphony,” said Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chief Marketing and Entertainment Officer Stephen Cook. “The DSO is taking the lead in innovative programming, combining the great music of the movies with the powerful sound of the orchestra. I know our patrons will be thrilled with the result.”

“This new aspect of our Pops Series pairs some of the most recognizable film scores ever written with the incredible talent of our orchestra,” Dallas Symphony Orchestra President Douglas Adams stated. “To hear this music performed in the acoustical perfection of the Meyerson Symphony Center will be a treat for any music lover.”


By Brian on November 9th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

It’s been done before. Giacchino is a hack. Gregson-Williams makes a living off using “Gladiator” themes as his template.

By Scott on November 30th, 2009 at 6:46 am


Not sure this has been done before, or at least very few times. An entire series of concerts with each one involving a commissioned world-premiere piece? Williams has done it with the Pops, but not sure a series of concerts with so many different composers has been approached.

It’s easy to call someone a hack. Would you care to offer something to back up that accusation?

As for Gregson-Williams, not sure I see anything of Gladiator in his Shrek, Narnia, or many of his other scores for that matter. I can sort of see your point with Kingdom of Heaven, but that’s hardly grounds for such a blanket statement.


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