Ennio Morricone to conduct at the Hollywood Bowl in October
Composer Ennio Morricone -- whose scores for films by Sergio Leone, Brian De Palma and Giuseppe Tornatore are considered soundtrack classics -- will be making a rare L.A. concert appearance on Oct. 25 at the Hollywood Bowl.
The evening, titled "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," will be Morricone's only concert appearance in the U.S. this year, according to promoters.
Morricone, 80, will lead the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Angeles Chorale in works from his four-decade career in the movie business.
The concert will include excerpts from his scores to the movies "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"; "The Untouchables"; "Cinema Paradiso"; "Once Upon a Time in America"; "The Mission"; "Once Upon a Time in the West"; "A Fistful of Dollars"; "Sacco and Vanzetti"; "The Battle of Algiers"; "A Fistful of Dynamite"; and "U Turn."
After receiving five Oscar nominations -- and losing five times -- Morricone won an honorary Academy Award in 2007 for the entirety of his career.
Morricone has also collaborated with such diverse directors as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Terrence Malick, Warren Beatty and Dario Argento.
Times music critic Mark Swed wrote in 2007 that Morricone's music "may represent the rebellious avant-garde, but it also sinks to unembarrassed sentimentality. It furthermore carves out an enormous amount of highbrow, middlebrow, lowbrow and bargain-basement-brow stylistic territory in between. And that is the source of his genius."
One of Morricone's most recent scores is for the movie "Baaria," directed by Tornatore, which recently played in the opening-night slot at the Venice Film Festival.
-- David Ng
Photo: Ennio Morricone at the 2007 Academy Awards. Credit: Getty Images