Celebrating Basil

July 16, 2022

The Los Angeles Film Orchestra Celebrates the 40th Anniversary Of CONAN THE BARBARIAN: Basil Poledouris: The Music And The Movies

The Los Angeles Film Orchestra announces their debut performance, Basil Poledouris: The Music and The Movies at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 22 at 8pm PT. The orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Steven Allen Fox, will also be joined by the SoCal Chorale led by Choir Maestra Marya Basaraba.

Basil Poledouris was one of film music’s most beloved composers. In addition to celebrating the 40th Anniversary of CONAN THE BARBARIAN, the concert will feature suites from many of the late composer’s critically acclaimed film scores including THE BLUE LAGOON, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, FREE WILLY and more. Special presenters and guest conductors will include composers John Debney, John Frizzell, John Ottman, Christopher Lennertz, and filmmakers Randal Kleiser (BLUE LAGOON), Paul Verhoeven (ROBOCOP, STARSHIP TROOPERS), John Milius (CONAN THE BARBARIAN, RED DAWN), and surprise guests. Special guest conductors, colleagues and collaborators of Basil’s, will join Steven Allen Fox, the Los Angeles Film Orchestra and the SoCal Chorale in this special tribute, produced and hosted by Robert Townson, who collaborated with Poledouris on twenty of his albums.

Tickets available at www.MusicCenter.org

COVID PROTOCOLS: All audience must show proof of full vaccination (no booster) or negative test, along with a matching photo I.D., and wear masks indoors unless actively eating/drinking. You can find more detailed information at www.musiccenter.org/safety.

About the Los Angeles Film Orchestra: Founded this year by Steven Allen Fox, The Los Angeles Film Orchestra is a premiere orchestra whose members are leading studio and concert musicians in Hollywood. The orchestra players can be heard on numerous Hollywood blockbusters to Award-winning films, TV projects and videogames. With an emphasis on unique projects and passionate collaborations, loyalty and quality are key values in everything the orchestra creates.

Basil Poledouris 1985; Photo: R.D. Larson

About Basil Poledouris: Award-winning TV and film composer Basil Poledouris garnered a reputation for his ability to transcend genres, periods, and entertainment mediums.  His television work would be rewarded with an Emmy for scoring the 1989 Western miniseries LONESOME DOVE. Poledouris formal film music studies began at USC. Through USC, his big breaks came writing the scores for films directed by former USC classmates: John Milius’ BIG WEDNESDAY (1978) and Randall Kleiser’s THE BLUE LAGOON (1980). Poledouris, who became noted for his action film scores, would go on to score Milius’ ConAN THE BARBARIAN, RED DAWN, FAREWELL TO THE KING and FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER and Kleiser’s SUMMER LOVERS, WHITE FANG and IT’S MY PARTY. He also enjoyed ongoing working relationships with Paul Verhoeven (ROBOCOP and STARSHIP TROOPERS), Simon Wincer (QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER and FREE WILLY) and John Waters (SERIAL MOM and CECIL B. DEMENTED). He also scored THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and LES MISÉRABLES, among others. In addition to writing for LONESOME DOVE, Poledouris scored the 14-hour 1987 miniseries AMERIKA. In 1996, Poledouris was commissioned to pen music for the opening of the summer Olympic Games in Atlanta; his “Tradition of the Games” was performed by the Atlanta Symphony and a 300-voice choir. In 2006, while being treated for stage four cancer, he conducted the first live performance of the music of Conan The Barbarian at a concert in Ubeda, Spain. He succumbed to cancer four months later.

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