Musicians at Play and Music Fund Los Angeles are honored to present Lalo Schifrin’s 85th Birthday Concert on October 7th, 2017 at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. Conductor Chris Walden will lead an all-star big band and special guests…Read More
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FMS FEATURE [We Have to Go Back: The “Lost” Concert – by Jon Burlingame]
HOLLYWOOD—”It would not be Lost without the elements,” producer Carlton Cuse quipped, referring to the gusty winds that blew throughout Thursday night’s concert of music from the TV series at the outdoor Ford Theatre venue north of Hollywood. Read More
Celebrating Lalo Schifrin 85th Birthday Concert October 7
Musicians at Play, Music Fund Los Angeles, and Varèse Sarabande are honored to present Lalo Schifrin’s 85th Birthday Concert at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. The evening will be hosted by Robert Townson. Guest Conductor Chris Walden will lead an all-star big band and special guests in celebrating Lalo’s life, artistry, and esteemed body of work. Flutist Sara Andon will solo with the band for a pair of historic Schifrin pieces. Additional special guests to be announced.
Lalo Schifrin is a venerated composer, conductor, pianist, and jazz musician. He has written classic television themes and over 100 film scores including Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Bullitt, Cool Hand Luke, The Cincinnati Kid, The Competition and so many more. His five Grammys, one Cable ACE Award, and six Academy Award nominations are a testament to his impact on the music industry.
Net proceeds from the event and Silent Auction will go to support music education in schools and aid for professional musicians in crisis. For information about becoming an Event Sponsor, call Cindy Pease at 818-257-0733 or visit musiciansatplay.org.
For more than three decades, Grammy Award-winning conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Musicians at Play Foundation presents a special concert with Grammy Award-winning Sanchez and his 8-piece band.
The mission of Musicians at Play (MAP) is to promote awareness of Los Angeles’ musical heritage through professional live performances, offer music education and mentorship programs, and create diverse community partnerships.
Little known outside of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Studio Symphony is a rotating group of orchestra musicians responsible for playing the soundtrack music for countless big screen films. While most of its members are classically trained, the group does not perform outside of the studio, and it doesn’t even have a stable lineup. Instead it is a revolving door of world class contracted session players from around the L.A. area. These musicians are responsible for the soundtracks to OOO’s of films like Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future, UP, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Blazing Saddles, L.A. Confidential, and The Bourne Identity, Schindlers List, Home Alone and JAWS to name a few.
MAP believes without exposing young people to live music, it could be lost forever. For that reason, Musicians At Play has created a mentorship program that works with schools and music teachers to help educate the next generation of musicians and music lovers.
We are proud to announce our partnership with New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA. Musicians At Play will sponsor a series of master classes providing selected guest artists in a very interactive program. Our guest artists will actually rehearse and perform WITH these talented young students in three different concerts during the school year.
“We Have To Go Back” LOST Concert 2016- Reviews
– FMS FEATURE [WE HAVE TO GO BACK: THE “LOST” CONCERT – BY JON BURLINGAME]
– Lost 12th Anniversary Concert Was a Reminder of the Show’s Power – IGN
– Carlton Cuse and Michael Giacchino Reflect on ‘Lost’ at Hollywood Reunion Concert | Hollywood Reporter
MAP is honored to welcome Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra for two special performances of “ We Have To Go Back” The Lost Concert LA at the Ford Theatre’s in Hollywood on September 22 & 23, 2016 . The concert presents the dramatic score and story of LOST in two acts. Special guest actors will narrate and read letters from the island where LOST took place. The natural backdrop of trees of the newly remodeled Ford Amphitheater sets the scene on a mysterious Island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean.
John Anson Ford Theatres will reopen in July, with historic outdoor venue refurbished
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We at Musicians at Play are saddened by the loss of our friend William (Bill) Begley whose love for Los Angeles music and musicians touched us all and will continue to be an inspiration. A special award to celebrate Bill’s life will be awarded to provide music education for underserved schools in Los Angeles.