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    Tue, 01 May 2012 12:33:24

    James Newton Howard's Music to Be Celebrated at 12th Annual World Soundtrack Awards - They take place in October

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    The music of award-winning composer James Newton Howard will be celebrated in concert at the 12th World Soundtrack Awards, which will be held at the Kuipke Events Centre in Ghent on Saturday, Oct. 20. Howard is one of the most versatile and respected film music composers currently working in film. A program of his impressive music will be performed by the renowned Brussels Philharmonic and be accompanied by select film clips. The concert will be conducted by both Howard and Dirk Brossé. Sounds like it'll be a glorious event.

    But that's not all.

    In addition, composer Pino Donaggio will be receiving the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. A selection of his work will also be performed at the concert.

    The World Soundtrack Awards was established by the Ghent Film Festival’s World Soundtrack Academy in 2001. The World Soundtrack Awards has emerged in the last decade as a top honor for film composers. Known as the world’s premier festival for celebrating and honoring film music, the Ghent Film Festival is celebrating its 39th year and runs Oct. 9 – 20.

    Howard most recently scored the blockbuster film The Hunger Games. His credits include King Kong, The Sixth Sense and Pretty Woman, among others.

    In 2009, Howard won a Grammy Award along with Hans Zimmer for their score for The Dark Knight. We see a pattern here. Howard has been involved in some of our favorite films.

    Donaggio is a frequent collaborator of director Brian De Palma and has scored the filmmaker’s Carrie, among others. Donaggio will also be scoring De Palma’s upcoming feature Passion. His other credits include Don’t Look Now directed by Nicolas Roeg, Trauma directed by Dario Argento and The Howling directed by Joe Dante. The Italian composer gained early recognition in Italy for his work as a singer and songwriter. Like Howard, Donaggio has had his hands in many of our fave movies!

    The Ghent Film Festival and its long-lasting partner, the Brussels Philharmonic, have expressed their passion for music organizing prestigious film music concerts over the years in collaboration with the in-house composer and Music Director Dirk Brossé. This collaboration has put top-notch composers including Ennio Morricone, Elmer Bernstein, John Williams, Howard Shore, Angelo Badalamenti, John Barry and Hans Zimmer in the spotlight.

    This collaboration grew into an international success and even resulted in Howard Shore turning to the Brussels Philharmonic for the recording of the score for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, which was awarded a Golden Globe. The Oscar-winning recording of the soundtrack of The Artist is another major highlight.

    In addition to this, the Ghent Film Festival and the Brussels Philharmonic have recorded five CDs. The For the Record series is a collection of the most beautiful film music by composers Craig Armstrong, Mychael Danna, Angelo Badalamenti, Shigeru Umebayash, and Gabriel Yared.

    In October 2011 a collectors’ box was launched, which is available at www.filmfestival.be and in Fnac stores.

    Details of the event:

    12th World Soundtrack Awards & Concert
    Saturday Oct. 20 at 8 PM. at ’t Kuipke in Ghent
    Guest of honor: James Newton Howard
    Performance by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé accompanied by film scenes projected onto a big screen

    Tickets for the World Soundtrack Awards are available here.

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    —Maggie Pannacione
    05.01.12



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