At 4 p.m. on May 6, film music historian Jon Burlingame will lead an in-depth symposium discussing Elfman’s career. At 7 p.m., top-drawer BMI composer David Newman will conduct the American Youth Symphony in an inspiring concert featuring Elfman’s compositions.
Oscar-nominated Elfman is a living legend. After composing his first score for Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, he went on to craft ingenious work for some of the most influential and popular films of the last several decades. He has collaborated with directors such as Tim Burton, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Paul Haggis, Ang Lee, Rob Marshall, Guillermo del Toro, Brian De Palma, and Peter Jackson. His credits include the four Oscar-nominated films Milk, Good Will Hunting, Big Fish and Men in Black, along with Edward Scissorhands, Wanted, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mission: Impossible, Planet of the Apes, A Simple Plan, To Die For, Spider-Man (1 & 2), Batman, Dolores Claiborne, Sommersby, Chicago, Dick Tracy, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland; as well as the famous themes for television series The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. Most recently he provided the music for Gus Van Sant’s Restless and Shawn Levy’s Reel Steel, and is currently working on Men In Black 3, Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, and two Tim Burton projects: Frankenweenie and Dark Shadows.
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