5 Questions for Michael Giacchino

This weekend, the American Youth Symphony will present a screening of Star Trek Into Darkness with the film score played live to picture. David Newman will conduct Michael Giacchino's exhilarating score and Giacchino will be on hand for a pre-concert/screening Q&A with film music journalist (and frequent KUSC contributor) Jon Burlingame. Details here. In advance … Continue reading 5 Questions for Michael Giacchino


Top 8 Oscar Snubs: Film Music Edition

Earlier this week on the KUSC Blog, Tim Greiving chronicled the five film scores nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. His post was titled “For Once, Oscar Picked (Some of) the Best Scores,” hinting that perhaps The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences occasionally misses the mark. Okay … actually, The Academy has a … Continue reading Top 8 Oscar Snubs: Film Music Edition

In Defense of John Williams

Yesterday, NPR ran this feature on All Things Considered. It is mostly an amusing little jaunt through various pieces of music written for the Olympic Games. The story hits many of the genre's highlights, including Spyridon Samaras' Olympic Hymn (1896, Athens), Josef Suk's Toward a New Life (1932, Los Angeles), Mikis Theodorakis' Canto Olympico (1992, … Continue reading In Defense of John Williams