And the Colburn Prize goes to ... composer Michael Giacchino
Multiple Oscar-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer Michael Giacchino snagged yet another trophy Tuesday when he took home the Colburn Prize at Tuesday's "Celebrate Colburn," the acclaimed Colburn School's annual fundraiser. Giacchino has written scores for, among others, the TV shows "Lost," Alias" and "Fringe;" the films "Star Trek," "Ratatouille" and "Up;" and the video games "Medal of Honor," "Call of Duty" and "Jurassic Park."
Giacchino said of the prizes, "It's all great because I'm doing what I love." And on accepting this latest one from "Lost" executive producer Carlton Cuse and school President Sel Kardan," he advised the school's young musicians to keep doing what they love and inspire others to do the same. "And before you know it," he said, "this whole world will be filled with people who are doing what they love."
More than 400 people turned up for the dinner and "collage concert," a diverse showcase of dancers, choral singers and musicians including 9-year-old pianist Ray Ushikubo playing Rachmaninoff, the Bottleaires delivering their rendition of "Mr. Sandman" and concert violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn playing the red Stradivarius said to have inspired the film "The Red Violin."
Before the evening ended, Colburn music director Yehuda Gilad and board member Carol Colburn Hogel presented the Richard D. Colburn Award to Toby Mayman, the school's founding executive director, for her lifelong dedication, talent and achievements. Jennifer Diener chaired the event along with Alice and Joe Coulombe, Christiane and Carlton Cuse, Kristen Beene, Lisa Kirk Colburn, Carol Henry, Wendy Kelman, Hanna Kennedy, Eugenie McAllister, Gina Moffit, Susan Keran Solomon, Carolyn Wagner and Micah Yui.
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-- Ellen Olivier
Photo: Colburn Prize winner Michael Giacchino, left, Richard D. Colburn Award honoree Toby Mayman and Colburn School President Sel Kardan. Credit: Howard Pasamanick / For The Colburn School