THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY DEBUTS ALEX WURMAN’S ‘MARCH OF THE PENGUINS’ LIVE TO PICTURE


Featuring the original beloved music from the Oscar winning documentary MARCH OF THE PENGUINS

(June 10, 2015 – Seattle, WA) – For the first time live to picture, the Seattle Symphony will perform composer Alex Wurman’s original score from the Warner Bros. film MARCH OF THE PENGUINS. Performed under the baton of Jeffrey Schindler, conductor of the original movie soundtrack, the concert will take place on July 8 at 7:30pm in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are now available at http://www.seattlesymphony.org/

“I’m very excited to have March of the Penguins score performed with such gorgeous images in a concert setting.” said Wurman. “March of the Penguins is a natural fit for a live performance because of the film’s visual scope and beauty, and the important role of the music.”

In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins for penguins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey — a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.

“Wurman’s upbeat music is a major plus, attentive to the humor and gravity of penguins’ traditional mating ritual.” Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this Oscar-winning documentary was a box-office hit, outgrossing that same year’s “Best Picture” nominees. MARCH OF THE PENGUINS explores the vast landscapes and soundscapes of Antarctica through the extraordinary lives of its penguins.

“I believe it is important to allow ourselves to romanticize the penguins lives and the Antarctic, anything to help us connect emotionally with our great responsibility to respect the earth,” explained Wurman. “Playing the score with the film in a concert setting is even more impactful as it allows us to feel this together. I think even the penguins themselves would be excited to hear the orchestra play their score!”

The Seattle Symphony will debut composer Alex Wurman’s original score from the Warner Bros. film MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, on July 8 at 7:30pm at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.seattlesymphony.org/.

About Alex Wurman:
Alex Wurman is highly versatile composer with a broad musical palette and refined technique. He studied composition at the University of Miami in Coral Gables and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He has traversed the film-score landscape with his critically-acclaimed score for the MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, provided musical punctuation to the beloved comedies ANCHORMAN and TALLADEGA NIGHTS, and captured the essence of brainy ideas for independent films including an eerie piano melody for CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, minimalist sculpted sounds for TEMPLE GRANDIN, and contemporary interpretations of French impressionism for THIRTEEN COVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING. Alex is a two-time Best Music awardee at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, winning for MARCH OF THE PENGUINS and THE LAST LION. Alex was awarded the Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Music Composition for Miniseries, Movie or Special for TEMPLE GRANDIN.

About the Seattle Symphony:
Founded in 1903, the Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard live from September through July by more than 300,000 people. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community-engagement programs reach over 100,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season, including John Luther Adams’ recent Become Ocean, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a 2015 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The orchestra has made more than 140 recordings and has received 18 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.

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