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"Superhero Soundtracks" proved to be a crowd pleasing success. Immediately following the concert photographer Taso Papadakis captured this photo of the guest conductors, Maestro Fox and Music Director Victor Pesavento.
Pictured left to right: Music Director Victor Pesavento, Composer Craig Safan, Orchestrator Jason Livesay, Singer Ayana Haviv, Composer Lolita Ritmanis, Composer Christopher Lennertz & Maestro Fox - Superhero Soundtracks! - 4/18/15
Narvin Seegoolam, nerdreactor.com
Some of the best composers in the world like Hans Zimmer, John Williams and James Horner have crafted musical masterpieces for many of the superhero movies we enjoy today. On Saturday April 18th, I was fortunate enough to witness/listen to a phenomenal musical event that involved some of those pieces. The Golden State Pops Orchestra put on a spectacle called Superhero Soundtracks; it’s exactly what you think it is, and it was amazing!
The set list alone is something to salivate over (in the order they were performed):
- Superman March main theme – John Williams
- Heroes, Heroines and Music Meisters Justice League main theme, Mystery of the Batwoman main title, Batman: The Brave and the Bold “Mayhem of the Music Meister” “Drive Us Bats/If Only” – Lolita Ritmanis (also guest conductor)
- The Amazing Spider-Man “The Promise” “End Credits” – James Horner
- The Last Starfighter Overture – Craig Safan (also guest conductor)
- Batman Begins “Corynorhinus” – Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
- X-Men: Days of Future Past “End Titles” – John Ottman (Jason Livesay guest conductor)
- Iron Man Medley “Marvel Mania Pt 1& 2″ “I Am Iron Man” Iron Man 2 end credits – John Debney
- Captain America – End Credits “Captain’s March” – Alan Silvestri
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Overture – Bear McReary
- Agent Carter Suite – Christopher Lennertz (also guest conductor, Ayana Haviv guest Soprano)
- Thor – Patrick Doyle
- Incredible Hulk “Lonely Man Theme” – Joe Harnell
- Batman Suite “Batman Theme” “Flowers” “Love Theme” “Joker’s Poem” “Up the Cathedral” “Waltz to the Death” “Final Confrontation” “Finale” – Danny Elfman
- Encore Performance: The Avengers Main Theme – Adam Silvestri
Conductor Steven Allen Fox led the orchestra through most of the music, with a few guest conductors showing up to help out. First up was 10-time Emmy Award nominee Lolita Ritmanis, who conducted her pieces from Justice League, Mystery of the Batwoman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Next was The Last Starfighter composer Craig Safan, and Jason Livesay following with X-Men: Days of Future Past. One thing to note though, Livesay did not compose on that soundtrack, as it was John Ottman. Jason and his twin brother Nolan actually did the arrangement for it, like they do with so many other film scores.
The final guest conductor was Christopher Lennertz, a legend in the making by his own right. He’s scored 43 films, many TV series and has worked on many video game scores including Medal of Honor and Mass Effect 3. Lennertz conducted a 3-piece suite from the Agent Carter series he originally scored, but he wasn’t alone. Joining him was Grammy-winning singer Ayana Haviv, whom has worked with Lennertz on various other projects as well as numerous feature films. You’ll probably recognize Haviv as “the voice of the presumed-dead Captain America” per Lennertz, on the Agent Carter series.
Being a huge fan of film scores, I was able to identify almost every composition without the help of the program. While every piece was unique and stellar in its own right, there were a few favorites that stuck out to me. First was the Danny Elfman Batman suite, then the Batman Begins and lastly The Avengers theme. I’m a bit of a Batman fan if you can’t tell already. The night was definitely one to remember. If they ever bring the Superhero Soundtracks series back, I highly recommend you attend, you’ll thank me later for it.
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October 23rd, 2014 at Sonic Fuel Studios - by Peter Hackman, Fans of Film Music Founder
What do True Blood, The Evil Dead, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream have in common? The composers behind these legendary scores, Nathan Barr, Joseph LoDuca, Charles Bernstein and Marco Beltrami were at the Golden State Pops Orchestra’s 1st Annual Anatomy of a Horror Score Fundraiser on October 23rd at Sonic Fuel Studios. Also on hand was the creator of the popular Child’s Play franchise, Don Mancini.
As a huge fan of The GSPO, it was an honor to attend this wondrous and spooky event right before Halloween. Though these fine gentlemen have created some of the most terrify music for movies and Television, collectively they are some of the nicest, kindest guys you could ever hope to meet.
As a lifelong fan of film music, attending an event such as this is thrilling and even more thrilling was the fact that the location was Sonic Fuel Studios, which is owned by composers Christopher Lennertz (Ride Along, Supernatural, Horrible Bosses etc.) and Timothy Michael Wynn (The Simpsons Game, Madden NFL 25, James Dean Forever Young etc.).
The evening started with a casual meet and greet in the lobby with guests being allowed to look around the studio and talk to the composers and Don Mancini. Delicious food and yummy drinks helped make the evening even better. Notable guests included agent Richard Kraft, longtime supporter of the GSPO Henry Stanny and composers Edwin Wendler and Jack Alloco among others. It was great to see old friends and to support the GSPO for all that they do. After the mingling the panel discussion started with Steven Allen Fox hosting. It was a great panel and for someone who knows a lot of film music, in particular the panelist film music, I still learned new things about them and their process of making music.
All in all, it was a wonderful night and it was great to get some one on one time with some of my favorite film and Television composers. Thank you so much Sonic Fuel Studios, the composers who participated, Don Mancini, Steven Allen Fox, Inga Funck and so many others for a magical night!