Varèse Sarabande Records celebrates 35 years of releasing film music with a special anniversary concert performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra, conducted by Steve Allen Fox, on Saturday, May 11 at the Warner Grand Theatre 478 W. 6th Street in San Pedro, CA. Varèse Sarabande’s producer Robert Townson will host the evening. The 35th Anniversary concert will include music from Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, John Powell, Danny Elfman, Jerry Goldsmith, and Alex North. Hollywood’s leading film composers will be in attendance, several of whom will guest conduct. Oscar winning composer Michael Giacchino will conduct the world premiere of his music from the upcoming film Star Trek into Darkness. In addition to a concert celebration of the music of Varèse Sarabande, the Art Deco Gallery will house a display of paintings used in Varèse Sarabande album covers. The exhibition features original film artwork by Bob Peak, best known for his iconic movie posters including My Fair Lady, Apocalypse Now, and Superman the Movie. His son Matthew Peak, who created numerous Varèse Sarabande album covers, will also be featured. The Art Deco Art Building gallery, located at 741 S. Pacific Building, will be free admission for the general public from 3:30 to 7:30 the day of the event. To purchase concert tickets, visit http://www.gspo.com/season.php.
The concert is part of a global series of Varèse Sarabande events taking place throughout the year. The 35th Anniversary global concert series kicked off in February in North America at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. This performance was a tribute concert to Alan Silvestri, whose films scores include Captain America, Back to the Future, Forest Gump, and Castaway, selections from all of which were performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra, a year-round orchestra specializing in film music. The second concert was the Hollywood Love Stories Concert in Macau, China. This historic event marked the first performance ever of film music in the entire country. The Macau Orchestra performed at the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel, the largest casino in the world, to a sold out audience and received a standing ovation. Upcoming shows include a Star Wars Musical Tribute on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Additional concerts in Poland, Spain, and Austria take place this summer, and other European and U.S. concerts will be announced for the fall.
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the first music label dedicated solely to film music, releasing film scores from current box office hits to classics from Hollywood’s Golden Age, curating an illustrious catalogue that includes composers and films in all genres. Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific film music label in the world, boasting more than 1500 soundtrack albums with 60 to 70 titles added each year. Releases of classic scores are handled by Varèse Sarabande’s imprint, Varèse Vintage. Varèse Sarabande producer Robert Townson is hosting and producing the worldwide performances celebrating the label’s 35th anniversary. For more information, visit http://www.varesesarabande.com/servlet/StoreFront.