PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC — Elmer Bernstein has just completed scoring “American Epic — the Story of Cecil B. DeMille.” The music, recorded at Smecky Studios in Prague, was also conducted by Bernstein for the upcoming two-hour television documentary on the life of the legendary filmmaker, whose epic, The Ten Commandments, was one of the significant films of Bernstein’s early career. […]
In celebration of this historic occasion, the Los Angeles Chapter of NARAS has honored with its Governors Award: Elmer Bernstein, legendary Academy Award winning film composer; Earth, Wind & Fire, six-time GRAMMY Award winning R&B group; and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, three-time GRAMMY Award winning producers.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA—Veteran film composer Elmer Bernstein presented TCM’s 2003 Young Film Composers Competition Grand Prize to Ms. Linda Martinez for her original score for the classic silent film, The Rag Man, at the Harmony Gold Screening Room in West Hollywood on January 29th at 7:00pm.
Mr. Bernstein, who was honored by TCM with a month-long film retrospective in 2001, continues his association with the network and has also accepted the role as spokesperson for the 2004 competition. He was one of the preliminary judges for the first round of finalists in June, 2003. […]
Walnut, California, April 13, 2004—Film composer Elmer Bernstein will be returning to Walnut High School for its annual “The Magic of Movies & Music” concert at the Walnut Performing Arts Center. The program has been rescheduled to the school’s fall season. The exact date will be announced shortly. 2004 will mark the sixth year that […]
On the third and final night of the inaugural concert gala heralding the Walt Disney Concert Hall as the new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the program was “Soundstage L.A.,” a stunning celebration of the distinguished history of music for motion pictures. Of course, Elmer Bernstein was in attendance.
It was after the intermission that the audience of 2,200 was treated to the famed The Magnificent Seven theme, as conducted by fellow maestro John Williams. Then, as one of two encores conducted by the L.A. Philharmonic’s own Esa-Pekka Salonen, the touching and melodic To Kill a Mockingbird was met with a standing ovation. A thrilled Mr. Bernstein later commented that it was the best performance of Mockingbird he had ever heard.
The Elmer Bernstein award for Best Film Score was presented by the maestro to “Love Object” composer Nicholas Pike as part of the festival’s closing evening festivities. This marked the third year Mr. Bernstein has been present to award the prize to a promising composer. The 2003 Woodstock Film Festival celebrated its fourth year with a collection of more than 130 films, panels and workshops, Wednesday, September 17 through Sunday, September 21. Screenings and events took place this year in a variety of venues in the town of Woodstock and nearby communities of Rhinebeck, Hunter and Mt. Tremper.
Although only four years old, the Woodstock Film Festival has garnered a reputation among filmmakers and industry insiders as one of the best regional festivals in the country. The expansion of programs and venues is a direct result of the festival’s successful track record over the past three years, according to festival director Meira Blaustein.
One of Elmer Bernstein’s most lush, melodic scores is now a 2-CD deluxe edition: CD One features almost the entire score in mono, and CD Two features the original soundtrack, in its entirety, in stereo. Expanded liner notes and story synopsis of this epic saga, adapted from James A. Michener’s historical novel, are included with the CDs. A special-edition, autographed version will be available for a limited time.
LOS ANGELES (Film Music Magazine)—ASCAP announced today [March 20, 2003] that film and television composers Elmer Bernstein and Bruce Broughton have been elected to the ASCAP Board of Directors. With the election of these composers, the ASCAP Board now includes two full time working film and television composers, a level of representation not seen in many years.
Walnut, California, February 21, 2002—The City of Walnut issued a special mayoral proclamation to Elmer Bernstein for his continuing work with young musicians. He received the citation at the winter music program held annually every February at Walnut High School. […]
I’ll never forget the day my aging brain finally made the obvious deduction that Elmer Bernstein had written the National Geographic theme — about 20 years after I should have figured it out. […]
Elmer Bernstein’s career and family life were portrayed Thursday, February 6th, 2003 at 7:00 PM on BBC1, emanating from London Studios. The Maestro was surprised by host Michael Aspel and his BBC crew at the conclusion of Mr. Bernstein’s 80th birthday celebration concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in October, 2002. […]
Walnut, California, January 28, 2003—Film composer Elmer Bernstein returned to Walnut High School for their annual “The Magic of Movies & Music” concert at the Walnut Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 13th, at 7:00 PM. […]
The Florida West Coast Symphony and the Sarasota Film Festival celebrated the first-time collaboration of CineSymphony!” a multimedia performance event featuring renowned film composer Elmer Bernstein. The one-time event was held January 25, 2003, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, and was a fundraiser for both organizations. […]
Jamie Gangel, national correspondent for NBC Network’s “Today” show, hosts a profile of Elmer Bernstein, which broadcast Friday, January 17th. The segment chronicled his career of 50+ years as a composer and highlights the maestro’s “Far From Heaven” score in advance of the Golden Globe Awards show that also airs on NBC Sunday, January 19th. Stay tuned!
NEW YORK — Composer Elmer Bernstein was presented the Career Achievement award by Eli Wallach when the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures held its annual gala January 14th, 2003 at Manhattan’s Tavern on the Green. […]