John Mauceri’s distinguished and extraordinary career has brought him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. Regarded as the world’s leading performer of the music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, he has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many kinds of music and has supervised/conducted premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Bernstein, Hindemith, Elfman, Ives, and Shore. As an accomplished recording artist, John Mauceri has over 70 albums to his name, and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison, Cannes Classique, Billboard, two Diapasons d’Or, two Emmys, and four Deutsche Schallplatten Awards.
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Leonard Bernstein’s Batonmaker
Posted November 14th, 2015
Today we learned of the death of Dick Horowitz at the age of 91. You perhaps never heard of him. If you went to the Metropolitan Opera or listened to its broadcasts any time from 1946 until two years ago, you definitely heard Dick Horowitz. He played percussion and was the opera house’s principal timpanist.
Music From the Films of Tim Burton PBS broadcast TONIGHT
Posted October 30th, 2015
Tonight PBS’s Live at Lincoln Center will broadcast The Music of Danny Elfman from the Films of Tim Burton. Composer Danny Elfman is on hand for a performance of his scores for such Tim Burton films as “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Accompanying the music are film clips and Burton’s original sketches and storyboards. John Mauceri leads the New York Philharmonia with violin soloist Sandy Cameron, and vocal soloist Danny Elfman. Produced and directed by Andrew Wilkes.
Director Tim Burton’s rich oeuvre of films both strange and beautiful has enchanted audiences of all ages worldwide for three decades. This live concert spectacle features Elfman’s unforgettable Tim Burton film scores conjured vividly on stage. Performed with a full orchestra and choir, the concert is enhanced by the stunning visuals of Burton’s original sketches, drawings, story boards, and film clips rendered in exquisite detail on the big screen. Conducted by John Mauceri, founding director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and featuring a live performance by Danny Elfman singing the role of Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas, highlights include music from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns, Planet of the Apes, and Edward Scissorhands.
Lincoln Center Festival presents Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton at Avery Fisher Hall on July 6, 2015. Conducted by John Mauceri with special guests, Danny Elfman, Sandy Cameron- violinist, Ingrid Michaelson and John-Dominick Mignard and Leif Christian Pedersen, boy sopranos. Credit: Stephanie Berger
“Music From the Films of Tim Burton” was performed July 6 at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
Broadcast October 30th at 9pm ET. Please check your local PBS listings for local broadcast times.
Degenerate Music at Neue Galerie New York
Posted October 26th, 2015
John will be giving a lecture titled Degenerate Music at Neue Galerie New York on November 19, 2015 at 6:30pm.
Opera News review of Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
Posted October 26th, 2015
From Opera News:
Elfman is rightfully celebrated for his epic, gleefully ghoulish symphonic soundscapes that manage to be creepy, exhilarating, apocalyptic, sweet, and hilarious all at the same time. One Elfman specialty — the demented, driving, off-kilter two-step — revealed its adaptability in several diverse manifestations, including the fiendishly exuberant circus-style theme from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (Elfman’s first movie score), and the clangy, mechanistic toccata that propels Vincent Price’s dazzling laboratory contraptions in Edward Scissorhands. Mars Attacks featured Stravinskian thrashing insouciantly laced with spooky theremin. Less expected but equally impressive were sequences highlighting Elfman’s ability to wring maximum emotion from a scene, such as the heartbreakingly beautiful ice-sculpturing episode from Edward Scissorhands and an unexpectedly touching montage from Frankenweenie.