Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer

Monday, July 21, 2014 | 7:30 pm


With special guests Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo
Santaolalla, and John Williams

Moderated by Tavis Smiley

Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla, and John Williams—three of the biggest names in music today—join the Academy for a special evening celebrating the art of the film score. The illustrious trio discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score, as well as the director-composer collaboration.

Gustavo Dudamel, now entering his sixth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with the upcoming feature The Liberator (Libertador), a biopic about Simón Bolívar. The score for the film, as well as a CD on Deutsche Grammophon, was recorded with the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which Dudamel is music director.

Joining Dudamel onstage is singer, guitarist, music producer, and composer Gustavo Santaolalla, winner of consecutive Academy Awards® for Best Original Score (for Brokeback Mountain and Babel) and a 16-time Grammy Award winner. Santaolalla’s other feature film credits include Amore Perros, 21 Grams, The Motorcycle Diaries, North Country, Biutiful, and On the Road

Completing this extraordinary trio is legendary film composer John Williams, who has created scores for more than 100 movies, including Lincoln, Memoirs of a Geisha, the first three Harry Potter films, the Indiana Jones films, and The Book Thief. He has won five Academy Awards® for Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Schindler’s List. Williams has the most Oscar nominations of any living person (49).

Tavis Smiley, who moderates the discussion, is currently the host of the late-night talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS and the weekly radio broadcast The Tavis Smiley Show on Public Radio International. He has authored or coauthored 16 books, including his forthcoming Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, to be published this September.

Behind the Score is supported by the New York Times, a founding supporter of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, scheduled to open in 2017.

Presented as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' ongoing series at LACMA.

LACMA, Bing Theater
$3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members, and students with valid ID | $5 General public 
Note: Tickets for this event are no longer available in advance. A standby line will form at 6:30 pm the evening of this event at the Hammer Building Ticket Office. Tickets typically become available shortly before the start of the event and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no guarantee of tickets being made available to those in the standby line.
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