Friday, February 24, 2012

Oscar Etiquette

I'm not sure what's proper. In the stage world you're never supposed to say "good luck" -- "break a leg" is much preferred. (You're also not supposed to mention Macbeth, though that seems highly unlikely to come up in this situation.) The opera world depends on "Toi Toi Toi" to ensure good fortune. Someone once told me that Australians use "chookas" for the same purpose -- I rather like that one.

At any rate, best wishes to Hugo and all those representing it at the Oscars this weekend. Chookas three tois and a broken leg to you all!

Wait, I'm not sure that came out right ...



UPDATE: Congrats to Ludovic Bource, winner for The Artist! (Thanks to Christian for the picture.)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Fellowship of the Ring Live Comes to Taiwan

Fellowship of the Ring Performances March 3-4 in Taiwan

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — New York-based Erik Ochsner will conduct the Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra in the Asian premiere performance of the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: Live to Projection (Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan). The performances feature Howard Shore’s Academy Award(R)-winning score performed live, synchronized to film.

In 2011, Erik led successful performances of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: Live to Projection (FOTR) with the St. Louis Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic (Finland). In February 2012, Erik made his Iceland Symphony Orchestra debut conducting the Lord of the Rings Symphony. In March 2012, he makes his debut with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with live-to-projection performances of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Future 2013 engagements include Adelaide, Athens, Berlin, Indianapolis, London, Melbourne, Milwaukee, Nurnberg, Ottawa, Stuttgart and Sydney.

Erik conducted the Chinese premiere of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire at the 2007 Beijing Festival of Contemporary Music. He has worked closely with the composer Tan Dun for worldwide productions and workshops, including Tea: A Mirror of Soul and as assistant conductor and chorus master for the Shanghai workshop of Tan Dun’s The First Emperor, a Metropolitan Opera commission.

Erik assisted the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s world premiere performances of The Map with Yo-Yo Ma in Boston, Tanglewood, and Carnegie Hall. Tan Dun personally invited him to conduct members of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in the composer’s Secret Land for 12 Celli and Concerto for Six.

Erik is music director and founder of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra. They have performed six U.S. premieres, and two world premieres. This season Erik will conduct SONOS in the U.S. premiere of Fredrik Sixten’s Requiem, plus works by Jon Leifs, and Johann Christian Bach. www.SONOSchamberorch.org

The music of The Lord of the Rings is among film music’s most complex and comprehensive works. This unique performance sets the score to the film, but allows the music to bear the narrative weight, creating a new and dramatic live concert experience.

“This amazing music and fantastic drama have moved me since day one: it is always thrilling and moving,” Ochsner described. “What an amazing satisfaction at the end of each and every performance!” 


Tickets: http://www.ksaf.com.tw/2012/program_detail.php?fno=38 


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Classical KUSC

Howard Shore sat down with Jim Svejda on Classical KUSC Radio last night to talk about Hugo, A Dangerous Method and more. You can stream the audio on KUSC's site right HERE (mp3 downloads are also available).

From KUSC's writeup:

Oscar Nominee Howard Shore 2012 

Best Score Nominee Howard Shore stopped by to discuss his collaboration with Martin Scorsese on HUGO, staying authentic with the 1930's musical & how Borat almost stole the movie. In addition, they discuss his other collaboration from last year, the Wagnerian inspired score to David Cronenberg's A DANGEROUS METHOD.
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