Last Thursday the El Circulo Theatre shined, as in its better days, with a full house. It was not the habitual concert crowd. Without a doubt, how comforting it was to listen to the untimed applause in an overflowing theatre.
The program introduced Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra by Elmer Bernstein accompanied by the Orquesta Sinfonica Provincial de Rosario with Sergio Puccini as guitar soloist. Read the entire review…
Bernstein to Conduct Concert of Films Scores from Past 50 Years
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has invited Elmer Bernstein to return to Glasgow on May 10th to perform at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in honor of his 80th birthday.
“The RSNO and Elmer Bernstein have a long-standing relationship. We last performed together to celebrate his 75th Birthday, both in Glasgow and London back in 1997, and everyone at the RSNO has very affectionate memories of working with him. We therefore wish Mr. Bernstein a very happy 80th Birthday, and we all very much look forward welcoming our friend back in May,” stated Daniel Pollitt, press officer of RSNO.
Presentation Took Place April 18, 2002 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
Film composer Elmer Bernstein was the featured honoree at the University Women’s Author/Artist luncheon on April 18, 2002. The honor was originally begun in 1967 and annually honors and outstanding individual for his or her body of work and contributions to the community.
The luncheon was a highlight of the University Women’s yearly curriculum. It has established a highly regarded program in support of the institutional programs within the University of Judaism as well as furthering artistic, cultural and social awareness. It also supports scholarships and grants to the school’s College of Arts and Sciences, graduate programs and its Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies, the only independent ordaining institution on the West Coast.
Previous honorees include David Hockney, Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Neil Simon and Helen Hayes.
City Proclamation and Honor Presented in Conjunction with The Newport Beach Film Festival’s Composer Symposium and “To Kill A Mockingbird” Screening
Elmer Bernstein Day was officially declared by Newport Beach Mayor Tod W. Ridgeway on Sunday, April 14, 2002. In a mayoral proclamation read at the conclusion of the screening of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Bernstein’s legacy to the film industry, music and music education was cited. Three surprise visitors paying tribute to Bernstein were actors Mary (“Scout”) Badham, Phillip (“Jem”) Alford and the Academy Award®-winning art director of the film, Henry Bumstead.
The evening was also celebrated with a dinner at Big Canyon Country Club, hosted by Cece DeMille Presley, granddaughter of the legendary Cecil B. DeMille. Mr. DeMille, defying a tacit “graylist,” hired the Maestro to compose the score for “The Ten Commandments.”
On March 4, 2002 U.S. composer Elmer Bernstein received the very first World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at an intimate ceremony that took place at the London Residence of the Ambassador of Belgium to the UK, H.E. Mr. Lode Willems. Elmer Bernstein was expected in Ghent last fall to give a concert of his film music, and to receive the award. The tragic events of September 11 however made it impossible for him to attend the festival.
The World Soundtrack Award is a new initiative developed by the Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent aimed at the promotion, education, preservation and recognition of film music as a true art form. Well over 150 composers from around the world have already joined the World Soundtrack Academy. Click here for more information.
Back by Popular Demand, Elmer Bernstein to Conduct Exciting Program at Barcelona's L'Auditori, May 3, 4, 5, 2002
Elmer Bernstein, whose SRO performances of his work in March, 2001 were received with both popular and critical acclaim, has been invited back to conduct an array of his compositions. The concerts will be performed by the Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.
The 2002 program features several suites from various periods of his work, including “Kings of the Sun,” a frequently cited score, “The Great Escape” and “The Grifters.” Bernstein has also compiled a selection of waltzes from various films, including the Oscar®-nominated “The Age of Innocence,” and “Summer and Smoke,” and Oscar®-winner “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” “The waltz was born in Europe, and my European audiences seem to take great pleasure in these pieces, so it is a particular thrill for me,” states Bernstein.
A special section that showcases his ground-breaking, innovating use of jazz in films will include “Walk on the Wild Side, “Sweet Smell of Success,” and “Rage in Harlem.” And the program will conclude on a high note with selections from one of his specialties, the western.
World Renowned Argentine Guitarist Sergio Puccini To Perform at Teatro El Circulo
Elmer Bernstein’s critically acclaimed “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra For Two Christophers” will be performed by Sergio Puccini at Teatro El Circulo with the Rosario Symphony Orchestra. The May 9th concert will be the Latinamerican premiere of the composition.
Written in honor of guitarist Christopher Parkening and the late orchestrator Christopher Palmer, the three-part composition (“Guitar,” Reflections” and “Celebration,” combines sweeping string work and upbeat passages in rondo form with soft introspective work that highlights the guitar.
Stated music reviewer David Hurwitz for Classics Today.com, “It’s a marvel and a joy to see this fine composer of film scores getting a rare hearing for his concert music.” Click here for full review.
Puccini, a force in the classical guitar world, is an educator and performer, having served as Dean of the Instituto Provincial del Profesorado de Música de Rosario (IPPM) since 1990, is also a Master Class instructor in Argentina and abroad. He frequently plays concert and recital programs in locales as diverse as Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Czech Republic and Hungary and has recorded with, among others, the Czech Virtuosi Orchestra and Venezuelan Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra. He has performed in national and world premieres of music by diverse composers as well.
“I am thrilled that a musician of Mr. Puccini’s stature will be performing a composition that has a very personal, emotional meaning for me,” said Bernstein.
Elmer Bernstein will make a rare public appearance to sign CDs and conduct a brief Q&A about work on his critically acclaimed score for “Far From Heaven,” Monday, January 20th at the Westwood Borders Books & Music, located at 1360 Westwood Boulevard (2 blocks South of Wilshire Boulevard) at 7:00 p.m.
CDs are available for purchase and the signing takes place on the second floor.
Maestro Elmer Bernstein was honored November 8th by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in celebration of his 50th Anniversary of film scoring. Carl Reiner emceed the evening that included a variety of hosted segments covering drama, westerns, comedy, jazz, epic and a special section featuring his projects with Martin Scorsese. […]
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences November 8, hosts a month-long film festival at the museum beginning Friday, November 9 and continuing consecutive Friday and Saturday evenings through December 1.
The festival, the work for which was begun three years ago, features a variety of films, ranging from epic to drama to comedy to jazz, and will feature various speakers throughout the program.
Mr. Bernstein will make an appearance November 10 to address the audience about his collaboration with director Martin Scorsese. “We are extremely pleased with the variety of films secured for this program and the caliber of lecturers,” states LACMA film department director Ian Birnie. “We were successful in booking every film we requested,” he adds.
For a complete schedule of films, click here. For more details, including guest speakers and times, log onto www.lacma.org or call the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at (323) 857-6100.
Elmer Bernstein’s “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra for Two Christophers” featuring Christopher Parkening, which had its world premiere in Hawaii earlier this year, is now available on Angel/EMI. Read the reviews.
Elmer Bernstein received the Composer/Arranger Award Sunday, October 28 at the 19th Annual Jazz Tribute and Awards Dinner-Concert held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
Citing his pioneering work resulting in the firm establishment of the use of jazz in film scores, first in 1955 with the ground-breaking The Man With the Golden Arm, followed by, among others, Walk on the Wild Side and Sweet Smell of Success, keynote speaker Arthur Hamilton stated, “His music has stirred you, excited you, inspired you, amused you and kept close company with you, your family, and your family’s family—no matter where you live in the world.” (Click here for Mr. Hamilton’s complete introductory speech.)
The Los Angeles Jazz Society honor is one of the many honors and tributes recognizing a distinguished career that continues with original film composition, conducting and teaching, both in the U.S. and internationally.