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October 25, 2021


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Hollywood Composers Conduct Spooky Soundtracks at Warner Grand

Photo: (l to r) Composer Christopher Young and Philm members Dave Lombardo and Gerry Nestler arrive at the Varèse Sarabande Halloween Gala at the Warner Grand Theater on Oct. 19. (photo by Megan Barnes)

Movie music fans came from far and wide to the Warner Grand Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 19, for a one-of-a-kind concert of horror film music performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra and conducted by some of Hollywood’s top composers.

The Varèse Sarabande Halloween Gala was the third in a year-long series of concerts celebrating the record label’s 35th anniversary, and the first concert of the Golden State Pop Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season.

Joined by the singers of the Golden State Pops Chorale, who donned spooky Halloween makeup, the orchestra played selections from everything from Psycho, to Dracula, to A Nightmare on Elm Street, to Ghostbusters. It was the world premiere of music from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, which hadn’t been performed by an orchestra since it was first recorded more than 60 years ago.

The night was hosted by record producer Robert Townson and featured flutist Sara Andon as well as Slayer co-founder and drummer Dave Lombardo.

“To bring all of these composers here like we did back in May, and some new ones, and to get the Hollywood crowd to come down, is a pretty cool thing,” said Maestro Steven Allen Fox. ”The music is unbelievable. There have been rock bands here, there have been orchestras here, but there’s never been a time when you’ve had them here together playing horror film music.”

In addition to Fox, the orchestra was conducted by an impressive lineup of film composers: Joseph LoDuca (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess), Brian Tyler (Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3), John Debney (Iron Man 2, Sin City), Lee Holdridge (Beauty and the Beast, Moonlighting), Cliff Eidleman (Star Trek VI, Free Willy 3), Marco Beltrami (Carrie, Scream), and Randy Edelman (Ghostbusters II, Mummy 3).

“My favorite [horror movie score] has to be The Omen. But I play in Slayer, what do you expect?” Lombardo told the Beacon, adding that he was fond of the Warner Grand Theatre. “It should be a little more haunted though, I haven’t seen any ghosts.”

Fox closed the concert with a thrilling suite from Ghost Rider performed by the orchestra, chorale and Philm, a rock trio comprised of Lombardo, guitarist Gerry Nestler and bassist Dan Lutz, who was filling in for Pancho Tomaselli.

The evening also featured an exhibit of Ghost Rider composer Christopher Young’s 20-years-in-the-making collection of jack-o-lanterns at the Deco Art Deco Gallery on Eighth Street.

Varèse Sarabande, which has released more than 1,500 film music scores, will conclude its 35th anniversary series with a concert of holiday film music on Dec. 21. It kicked off the series with a sold-out concert in May that featured composers Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman.