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Legendary Hollywood Composer and Orchestrator Presents Lectures on Film Music


Conrad Pope, one of Hollywood's most in-demand film music professionals, will present two lectures at the University of Michigan as part of the William Bolcom Guest Residency at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

The lectures take place on Monday, February 9 at 7:30 pm at the Rackham Amphitheater, on the fourth floor of the Rackham Building (915 E. Washington St.); and Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30 pm at Stamps Auditorium in the Walgreen Drama Center on North Campus (1226 Murfin Ave.). They are free and open to the public.

A renowned film composer and orchestrator, Pope has worked as a composer, orchestrator, arranger, and conductor on dozens of movies, including orchestrations for the Harry Potter and Star Wars series (including, most recently, Star Wars: Episode VII - the Force Awakens) and award-winners such as Argo, Life of Pi, My Week With Marilyn, and Moonrise Kingdom. He has collaborated with some of the biggest names in Hollywood film music, including John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, and Alexandre Desplat, among others.

Suited to a general audience, the first lecture is titled "Beyond Images and Words: Music in the Movies," and will feature an evening filled with memorable scenes and unforgettable music from classic films, past to present, illuminating the "invisible art" of film music and showing how it has become a part of our lives and, ultimately, a bit of our cultural DNA.

The second lecture, "Music in Film Today and the Professional's Role in its Making," is geared specifically towards music students. Pope will provide a nuts-and-bolts exploration of methods and techniques, practical concerns, constantly evolving aesthetics, technical advancements, and necessary skills-both musical and dramatic-that form the foundation for a successful and sustainable career in commercial film music.

"It is a great honor to welcome Conrad Pope, considered one the greatest composers/orchestrators in Hollywood today, to the University of Michigan for the William Bolcom Residency," said SMTD professor of composition and Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty. "Conrad's insights into how music and film work together will provide a rare opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look into the world of Hollywood film music."




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