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Thursday, April 24 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
Parrots and Dragons and Bourne - Oh My! Master Session with John Powell

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Film composer John Powell has earned oodles of accolades for his scores to blockbuster action flicks (the Bourne trilogy; X-Men: The Last Stand), and four Annie Awards for modern-day animated classics Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon (which netted him an Oscar nom). Whether he’s scoring the exploits of an international spy or an anthropomorphic mammoth, Powell brings unforgettable themes and inventive instrumentation to every project he works on. With his film Rio 2 now in theaters and How to Train Your Dragon 2 on its way this summer, Powell will share his unique composing philosophy with respected film music historian and educator Jon Burlingame. He might even unpack a cue or two for anyone lucky enough to be in the room.

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Jon Burlingame

Journalist - Variety; Author - Sound and Vision: 60 Years of Motion Picture Soundtracks
Journalist - Variety | Author - Sound and Vision: 60 Years of Motion Picture Soundtracks Jon Burlingame is the nation's leading writer on the subject of music for films and television. He writes regularly for Variety and has also written frequently on the topic for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Newsday, Emmy, Premiere and The Hollywood Reporter. He is the author of four books: the award-winning, best-selling The Music of James Bond (Oxford University Press, 2012), the film-composer encyclopedia Sound and Vision: 60 Years of Motion Picture Soundtracks (Billboard Books, 2000), the television-music history TV's Biggest Hits (Schirmer Books, 1996) and the Hollywood studio-musician saga For the Record (Recording Musicians Association, 1997). He has also contributed chapters to other books, including one on Leonard Bernstein in On the Waterfront (Cambridge University Press, 2003), on John Williams in Boston Pops: America's Orchestra (2000) and on Elmer Bernstein in Moving Music: Conversations With Renowned Film Composers (2003). He has recently written, produced and hosted a series of specials on great film composers for Classical KUSC in Los Angeles. Burlingame teaches film-music history at the University of Southern California and has lectured on music for films and TV in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., Miami and Switzerland. He has served as a consultant on film- and TV-music programs for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the American Film Institute and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has hosted film-music programs for the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles, and at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. His program notes have been read by patrons of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and London's Royal Albert Hall. Burlingame has made appearances on, or contributed music commentaries to, many DVDs including On the Waterfront, King Kong, The Magnificent Seven, The Sand Pebbles, The Pink Panther, The High and the Mighty, How the West Was Won, The French Connection, In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate, The Guns of Navarone, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He has also written the liner notes for dozens of soundtrack albums and produced a series of CD compilations of music from the television classic The Man From U.N.C.L.E. His television and radio appearances have included NBC, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, NPR... Read More →

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John Powell

Composer – Film: Bourne trilogy, Shrek, Rio 1 & 2
Composer – Film: Bourne trilogy, Shrek, Rio 1 & 2, X-Men: The Last Stand Film composer John Powell has earned tremendous accolades for his scores to blockbuster action flicks (the Bourne trilogy; X-Men: The Last Stand) and modern-day animated classics (Shrek; the Happy Feet and Ice Age series; Rio; How to Train Your Dragon). Whether... Read More →

Thursday April 24, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
Hollywood Ballroom 1 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

Attendees (76)