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Academy orchestrates 'Oscar Concert' celebrating nominated scores and songs

by jmaloni

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Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:35 pm

For the first time as part of its annual "Oscar Week" events, the Academy will present a live "Oscar Concert" celebrating this year's nominated scores and songs on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. at UCLA's Royce Hall.

The program features an 80-piece orchestra performing suites from each of the nominated original scores, conducted by their composers. They include:

William Butler and Owen Pallett, "Her"

Alexandre Desplat, "Philomena"

Thomas Newman, "Saving Mr. Banks"

Steven Price, "Gravity"

John Williams, "The Book Thief"

Prior to each piece, the respective composers will participate in a brief onstage conversation with film critic and radio host Elvis Mitchell about creating their scores.

The concert also will feature this year's nominated original songs, including "Let It Go" from "Frozen," performed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez; and "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," performed by Jill Scott. Other special performers and guests will be announced on www.oscars.org.

Tickets are $100 and $75 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on "Oscar Sunday," March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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