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  • Feb. 1, 2018





     One-Night-Only Celebration of the History of Film Music

    in Honor of the 90th Oscars®


    Wednesday, February 28, at 8:00 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall



    Los Angeles, CA (February 1, 2018) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced details of The Oscar® Concert, a special, one-night-only celebration of film music at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.


    As part of the Oscar week celebrations for its 90th anniversary, the Academy, in partnership with the LA Phil, presents an exclusive one-of-a-kind celebration of film music, including never-before-heard arrangements of this year’s five Original Score Oscar nominees.


    Curated by composers and Academy Governors Michael Giacchino, Laura Karpman, and Charles Bernstein, the evening offers an insider’s look at film scoring across the decades, with select scores performed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, and special guest Terence Blanchard (trumpet), with additional special guests to be announced. The Oscar Concert explores the history of film music through special arrangements of beloved scores by composers including Tan Dun, Quincy Jones, Mica Levi, Rachel Portman, A.R. Rahman, and many more, with accompanying film clips shown in HD on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s large screen.


    The evening opens with an introduction by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter, who will explore the challenges and rewards of film scoring, utilizing music from the Oscar-winning film UP. Organized into vignettes, the program explores the emotions and excitement that film scores evoke, including the sound of home, the sound of the chase, the sound of fear, the sound of love, and the sound of courage. The evening closes with the world premiere of specially arranged suites from all five Original Score nominees: Dunkirk, by Hans Zimmer; Phantom Thread, by Jonny Greenwood; The Shape of Water, by Alexandre Desplat; Star Wars: The Last Jedi, by John Williams; and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, by Carter Burwell.


    The 90th Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. 



    Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 8:00pm

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Thomas Wilkins, conductor

    Terence Blanchard, trumpet

    Additional guests, TBA






    Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter present a live demonstration of the scoring process.


    Musical selections from the Oscar-winning film UP


    The Sound of Home:

    Rachel Portman, Nicholas Nickleby

    Nino Rota, Amarcord 

    A. R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire


    The Sound of the Chase:

    Dave Grusin, The Firm 

    Lalo Schifrin, Bullitt 

    Jerry Goldsmith, The Great Train Robbery


    The Sound of Fear:

    Mica Levi, Jackie

    Quincy Jones, In Cold Blood

    John Carpenter, Halloween

    John Williams, The Witches of Eastwick


    The Sound of Love

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold, The Adventures of Robin Hood

    Luis Bacalov, Il Postino 

    Tan Dun, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


    The Sound of Courage:

    Terence Blanchard, Malcolm X

        Terence Blanchard, trumpet

    Joe Hisaishi, Spirited Away

    Alex North, Spartacus 


    The Sound of the Future:

    World premiere suites from this year’s nominated films for Original Score

    Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

    Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread

    John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk



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    Tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2017/18 season are available for purchase at, in person at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or by phone at 323.850.2000.



    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( The LA Phil’s season extends from September through May at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.


    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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