Wednesday, 8 June 2016

James Newton Howard To Perform 'The Hunger Games' Score Live In 2017 Greatest Hits Concert Tour

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2017 is going to be an exciting time for Hunger Games fans indeed, with the stage adaptation of the first book, and now a chance to hear James Newton Howard's score performed live!

London's Royal Albert Hall announced this morning that Newton Howard will premiere his first 'greatest hits' world tour, featuring highlights from 30 years of his film score work - from The Dark Knight trilogy and The Sixth Sense to the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and, of course, The Hunger Games franchise - on November 3, 2017, two years following the premieres & release of Mockingjay - Part 2, at the iconic London venue.

3 Decades of Music for Hollywood will celebrate Howard’s many Tinseltown triumphs, unforgettable music from The Dark Knight, the Hunger Games series, blockbusters includingThe Sixth Sense and Peter Jackson’s King Kong, rom-coms Pretty Woman and My Best Friend’s Wedding, and the forthcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
As well as conducting a symphony orchestra and choir comprising over 100 performers – matched with clips and montages from the movies – James Newton Howard will also tell stories from his incredible life working with many of the most famous names in film and music.

Tickets for the London event are on sale now at the Royal Albert Hall website - make sure to book now so you don't miss out!

After the London premiere, the show will tour 19 European cities including Paris, Antwerp, Zurich and more. Be sure to check the official tour website for dates & ticket links for other European locations.

The tour is sure to be a fantastic opportunity to re-live select iconic moments of the films such as The Hanging Tree and hear more of Newton Howard's fantastic work, and who knows, maybe we will get full 'live in concert' performances of the films sometime in the future...

See the full press release for the London event below:

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Hunger Games, Dark Knight, Pretty Woman and Harry Potter composer announces
World Premiere of ‘Greatest Hits’ show
James Newton Howard to perform special concert in London
 Grammy and Emmy winning composer at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 3 November 2017
Hollywood composer James Newton Howard will present his unforgettable music from The Dark Knight, the Hunger Games series and the forthcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, at his first ever ‘greatest hits’ show, coming to the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 3 November.

3 Decades of Music for Hollywood will celebrate Howard’s many Tinseltown triumphs, from trendsetting blockbusters like The Hunger Games to beloved rom-coms Pretty Woman and My Best Friend’s Wedding, and a succession of other memorable movies from the ‘90s to the present day, including Blood DiamondThe Prince of Tides and The Sixth Sense.

As well as conducting a symphony orchestra and choir comprising over 100 performers – matched with clips and montages from the movies – he will also tell stories from his incredible life working with many of the most famous names in film and music, such as Lawrence Kasdan, M. Night Shyamalan and Elton John.

James Newton Howard said: “I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a 30-year career in Hollywood and to have composed the scores for some of the biggest and best movies of all time. I can’t wait to share my music, and my memories, with the audience at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

“During this very special evening, I’ll be conducting many of my best-known works, as well as telling the hidden stories behind the films, with the help of new interviews featuring some of my long-time collaborators.”

Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall, added: “Whether you know James’s name or not, you’ll certainly know – and love – his music. For the first time, this concert will draw together the amazing highlights of his incredible career for a breathtaking multimedia extravaganza that no fan of the movies will want to miss.

“We’re also delighted to announce that James will be involved with our extensive Education & Outreach programme while he’s here – working to inspire young musicians from across London as part of his visit.”

Howard is currently composing the music for Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be released in November.

A Grammy and Emmy award winner, he has worked on more than 70 acclaimed films and TV series, from Peter Jackson’s King Kong to the hit medical dramaER – for which he wrote the memorable theme tune – as well as co-writing the scores to Batman BeginsThe Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, alongside Hans Zimmer.

He has received ASCAP’s prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, been nominated for eight Oscars, and was named Film Composer of the Year in 2008, a distinction bestowed by the World Soundtrack Awards.

Recent work includes the Hunger Games series, and its song ‘The Hanging Tree’, performed by Jennifer Lawrence, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while his music attracts over 1.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

In addition to his contributions to film and television music, Howard has composed two concert pieces for the Pacific Symphony. ‘I Would Plant a Tree’ debuted in February 2009, while his ‘Concerto for Violin and Orchestra’ premiered in March 2015, featuring renowned violinist James Ehnes.

Away from film, he has also worked with a staggering collection of pop legends, including Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Randy Newman, Carl Simon, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He is currently serving as Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami.

3 Decades of Music for Hollywood receives its World Premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on 3 November 2017, before visiting 19 other European cities. Tickets are on sale this morning from www.royalalberthall.com.

James Newton Howard – 3 Decades of Music for Hollywood is a GEA Live in association with The Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency production.

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