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5/22/2017 by Da'Shan Smith
After wowing audiences with her Billboard Music Awards performance of "My Heart Will Go On," Celine Dion discussed the moment and the significance of the iconic record 20 years after its release with Billboard backstage.
When asked why she thought the signature song from Titanic was an instant classic, she said "I think it's because it was not supposed to be a part of the movie, period." She agreed with the film's director, James Cameron, on the project not needing any songs, but she still recorded a demo unbeknownst to him. After he heard the recording, Cameron decided to keep it at the end.
"Being a part of a classic is a very big, big honor," continued Dion. Despite an apparent exhaustion that might come from performing the song for 20 years, the Canadian powerhouse singer reveled in the fact that varying audience members -- even those not born at the time of "Heart Will Go On" initial release -- "were all singing with" her.
Dion described the experience as "emotional," telling Billboard that she had to "hold [her] tears" during the performance. At the end, the former BBMA Icon recipient said she'll "never forget" what took place on the stage.
November of 2016 marked the release of 'BREAKING THROUGH', the debut album by composer, film & TV musician and Golden State Pops Orchestra's Concertmaster, Paul Henning. The album features piano solos performed by Paul along with a full 48-piece orchestra. The result is a sweeping musical vista blending joyous optimism with a nostalgic, Americana voice.
The music of the album was inspired by the scenic beauty Paul experienced traveling up and down the West Coast, coupled with his love of American history and the vast expanses of the West.
As a composer and multi-instrumentalist, Paul has enjoyed a versatile music career in both film and live performance. He has worked on the score orchestrations for over 50 feature films, including 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' and ‘Chocolat'. In addition to his film writing, Paul also works on orchestral arrangements that have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and London Symphony.
Paul helped create concert suites from the film scores for 'Spider-man', 'The Passion of the Christ', and 'Peter Pan', as well as multiple works from the catalogs of Golden Age film composers Dimitri Tiomkin and Elmer Bernstein. He has also completed band arrangements for Television shows including 'American Idol’, 'The Singing Bee’, and 'Sunday's Best’.
An accomplished pianist and violinist, Paul has performed with the Hollywood Studio Symphony on the soundtracks to ‘Frozen', 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', 'The Maze Runner', 'Furious 7', ‘Moana', ‘Storks', 'Monsters University' and 'Alice in Wonderland', among many others. He has also played violin for artists including Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. Paul has served as Concertmaster for the Golden State Pops Orchestra since 2004.
Paul grew up on his family's 125-year old wheat farm near Pullman, Washington, and went on to study music at the University of Southern California and Washington State University.
Despite his years of experience working in Hollywood studios and on the concert stage, Paul's most exciting endeavor to date remains the release of 'BREAKING THROUGH’.
Paul’s album ‘BREAKING THROUGH’ is available through iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. For more information about Paul, visit www.PaulHenning.com, Facebook.com/PaulHenningMusic, Twitter.com/Paul_Henning_, or Instagram.com/Paul_Henning_.
"It sucked all the bad feelings and depression out of me, leaving me with the joyous spirit and musical zest of the holidays!" (Henry Stanny)Read More
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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.
Read more at http://nerdreactor.com/2015/04/22/golden-state-pops-orchestra-superhero-soundtracks/#RAbiMwdRwmaDBghf.99
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!