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March 21 - 27, 2001

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Sing a Song of Oscar

Music from Oscar-nominated scores.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Homecoming . More Music from Gladiator (OS 2001) Voices of Joaquin Phoenix and Russell Crowe, The Lyndhurst Orchestra cond. by Gavin Greenaway Composer Hans Zimmer says this track “is all about urgency. I wrote it at the very last moment”
The Battle Gladiator (OS 2000) The Lyndhurst Orchestra cond. by Gavin Greenaway Score by Hans Zimmer (Rain Man, Prince of Egypt, The Thin Red Line and others) and Lisa Gerrard (formerly of the rock group Dead Can Dance). Gerrard also sings the solo vocals. A native of Germany, Zimmer got his start writing jingles and pop hits such as "Video Killed the Radio Star". He received two Oscar nominations in 1999 (for Prince of Egypt and The Thin Red Line). His other films include The Lion King, As Good as It Gets, The Last Emperor (with Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Byrne), Thelma and Louise, Backdraft, A League of Their Own and many others.
The Patriot Theme The Patriot (OS 2000) Orchestra conducted by John Williams; violin solo by Mark O’Connor Big sweeping music, instantly identifiable as John Williams' work. Williams is the most nominated (for Academy Awards) living person, with 39 previous nominations. He’s won for Schindler’s List, E.T., Star Wars, etc., and has composed all but one of Steven Spielberg’s feature films.
The Colonial Cause The Patriot (OS 2000) Orchestra conducted by John Williams In the June 28, 2000 New York Times, critic Elvis Mitchell called this movie “a gruesome hybrid, a mix of sentimentality and brutality that suggests a Lethal Weapon movie directed by Norman Rockwell”, although he did praise Mel Gibson’s acting and “physical directness”.
Interview with Michael Lanning. Lanning sings the role of The Union Captain in the tour of The Civil War and also has a CD out by his band It's Only Roy. For Civil War tour dates and cities, see www.tcwfans.com
Brother, My Brother The Civil War: The Complete Work (1998) Michael Lanning, orchestra cond. by Kim Scharnberg This comes from a two-disc set of the complete score; music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy.
Vianne Sets Up Shop Chocolat (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by David Snell Chocolat is the somewhat fanciful story of Vianne (Juliette Binoche) who, accompanied by her young daughter, arrives in a rather repressed French town and sets the citizens free by seting up a chocolate shop and feeding them confections custom-made to free their spirits.
Three Woman Chocolat (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by David Snell In general, the score has an agreeable neo-classical sound with a hint of folk elements.
Passage of Time Chocolat (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by David Snell Rachel M. Portman was born on December 11 1960 in Haslemere, England. She won on Oscar for her score for Emma in 1996 and was nominated for her score for The Cider House Rules in 1999 (which, like Chocolat, was directed by Lasse Hallstrom). You can hear more of the Chocolat score on-line at the film web site.
Party Preperations Chocolat (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by David Snell In 1995 Portman married film producer Uberto Pasolini, and had her first child (Anna) the same year. She gave birth to her second daughter in 1998.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (OS 2000) Yo Yo Ma (cello), orchestra cond. by Tan Dun The score is composed by Tan Dun and is an interesting mix of Chinese instruments and ideas and Western symphonic influences. You can hear more of the score at the soundtrack album web site.
A Wedding Interrupted Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by Tan Dun This accompanies a spectacular martial arts sequence in which the combatants run up walls and leap over rooftops.
Night Fight Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (OS 2000) Orchestra cond. by Tan Dun A graduate of Beijing's Central Conservatory and Columbia University in New York, Tan Dun’s compositions include the opera Marco Polo, numerous symphonic and chamber works and the score for the 1998 film Fallen.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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