Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 7:00pm
5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940
HORNER Legends of the Fall
HORNER Mask of Zorro
HORNER The Perfect Storm
HORNER Apollo 13
Your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will present a moving tribute to one of our favorite composers, James Horner. Horner, who recently passed away in 2015, composed some of the greatest and most popular film scores. Horner was a two time Academy Award winner, a six time Grammy Award winner, and an IFMCA Award winner. An unbelievable talent with a heart of gold, Horner left us a canon of powerful and inspiring film scores. Your Space Coast Symphony will highlight the scores from Braveheart, Cocoon, Aliens, The Mask of Zorro, Apollo 13, Titanic, and more. Watch the action play out on the big screen as the SCSO brings the scores to life.
Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1953, James Horner developed a precocious interest in piano at the age of five when he began learning the instrument. After graduating high school, Horner decided to study music, and he attended the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, before returning to the United States to receive a degree at the University of Southern California. Horner went on to earn a graduate degree in Composition at University of California, Los Angeles, and he wrote a contemporary classical piece entitled "Spectral Shimmers," which was given its world premier by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Eager to find a larger audience for his work, Horner began seeking commissions to write film music and scored several short films for the American Film Institute.
Horner's entry into commercial film music came courtesy of legendary exploitation filmmaker Roger Corman, who hired Horner to write music for several early 1980's releases for his production company, New World Pictures, including Humanoids From the Deep, The Lady in Redand Battle Beyond the Stars. His mainstream breakthrough came in 1982, when he scored bothStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and 48 Hrs., and after composing for two of that year's biggest films, Horner found himself in great demand. He had written 36 scores by the time he received his first two Academy Award nominations in 1986, honored for the animated children's feature An American Tail and the action-packed sci-fi thriller Aliens in the same year. It was during this time that Horner began being compared to legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith, if only in the signficant quantity and type of projects he handled.
Through the 1990s, Horner continued to work on an increasing number of prestigious productions, however, including Legends of the Fall, Apollo 13, and Braveheart, before finally winning an Oscar in 1997 for his score to James Cameron's blockbuster, Titanic, as well as its theme song, "My Heart Will Go On," which became an international hit for Celine Dion. In subsequent years, Horner remained one of the most prominent composers in Hollywood, turning down offers to score both the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings franchises. Acclaim in the 2000's and 2010's included high praise and/or awards consideration for A Beautiful Mind, The Legend of Zorro, Avatar, and The Amazing Spider-Man. His final year of production in 2015 yielded no less than five scores and a concert work.
Instead of maintaining a career in the bright spotlight of Hollywood blockbusters, the composer opted in the 2010's to primarily work on international arthouse-style projects that interested him personally. An avid pilot, Horner was killed in a tragic plane crash near Santa Barbara, California on June 22, 2015, leaving behind a wife and two daughters and devestating the film music community