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VARÈSE SARABANDE TO RELEASE FIMUCITÉ 6: UNIVERSAL PICTURES 100th ANNIVERSARY GALA

Diego Navarro conducts the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Tenerife Film Choir

Music by John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Bernard Herrmann, Basil Poledouris, Dave GrusinAlan Silvestri and more

(July 6, 2015– Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande announces the release of their latest CD Club title, Fimucité 6: Universal Pictures 100th Anniversary Gala on CD July 27, 2015. The 2-CD limited edition set (3000 units) retails for $19.98, and features live concert performances of celebrated films from the history of Universal Pictures including music from horror favorites FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, THE WOLFMAN and THE MUMMY, award-winning films including A BEAUTIFUL MIND, E.T.: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES and ON GOLDEN POND, and family fare like THE LORAX and AN AMERICAN TAIL. Continue reading VARÈSE SARABANDE TO RELEASE FIMUCITÉ 6: UNIVERSAL PICTURES 100th ANNIVERSARY GALA

FIMUCITÉ VI HAS CLOSED WITH THE APPLAUSE OF MORE THAN 5,000 PEOPLE

The Tenerife Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ) closed its 6th edition, on Saturday, July 14,  having received the applause of the more than 5,000 people who attended its week full of activities and concerts, held in the most important cultural venues in Santa Cruz and Arona, particularly the Night Closing Gala at Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín”, which made Tenerife become the unique authorized venue to celebrate the Universal Pictures centennial. The concert was completely sold out, being an unforgettable evening that has made the social networks seethe with expressions such as “astonishing” and “electrifying”, and where the audience has highlighted, above all, the magnificent performance of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra (OST), conducted by composer and director of FIMUCITÉ, Diego Navarro.
Faithful to its commitment to quality, this year’s Closing Gala had again the participation of soloists such as Esther Alfonso Da Costa, who amazed the audience with her vocal skills, performing the so well known piece “Fried Green Tomatoes”. The concert also recovered some of the most known soundtracks of the legendary American studios, including horror classics like “Dracula” or “Frankenstein”, as well as other more recent and popular ones like “Back to the Future” or “Conan the Barbarian”.
If Diego Navarro conducted alone this great symphonic concert, the previous one, on Friday, July 13, was mainly under the baton of the conductor and orchestrator Pete Anthony, having reached an identical success. In this case, the honoree composer was the celebrated James Newton Howard, and in both concerts, FIMUCITÉ enhanced the use of footage of the films of the repertoire, synchronized with the music live.
The staunch admirers of the festival enjoyed also the rest of the staged concerts of this unavoidable appointment with film music, like those at Guimerá Theatre in Santa Cruz, also completely sold out, or the performance, in the opening session, of the famous Spanish band Presuntos Implicados. A place was reserved as well for those interested in the process of creation of a film score,  who could converse with specialists such as Andy Hill, from Berklee School of Music, or Iván Vivas, among others, thanks to a special workshop, in collaboration with this private college of music (the number one in the world), on July 12 and 13. This workshop had almost one hundred students registered.

FIMUCITÉ has already announced the dates of its seventh edition: July 8 to 13, 2013. Further information: http://www.fimucite.com/

FIMUCITÉ’S ‘ALIEN: A BIOMECHANICAL SYMPHONY’ CONCERT AT KRAKOW

The composer and director of this unavoidable appointment with film music, Diego Navarro, will conduct on May 26, for the second time, the Closing Concert of the Krakow Film Music Festival, with a program including Elliot Goldenthal’s works

The VI Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ), which will be held from July 7 to 14, sponsored by Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Canary Islands Government and Santa Cruz and Arona City Councils, will be at the spectacular Closing Night Gala of the V Festiwal Muzyki Filmowej (FMF) in Krakow. Diego Navarro, FIMUCITÉ’s director, will conduct “Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony”, which was worldwide premiered at FIMUCITÉ 3 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of director Ridley Scott’s film “Alien”.
The strong and stable relationship between FIMUCITÉ and the Polish FMF becomes more evident being this the second time the prestigious Sinfonietta Cracovia, and Pro Musica Mundi Choir, will be conducted by Diego Navarro, having received an ovation of more than 4,000 people last year. The program will include, apart from the aforementioned “Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony”, a second half featuring an Oscar Academy Award Winner Elliot Goldenthal extended program, with cues from “Titus Andronicus”, “Interview with a Vampire”, “Frida” or “Batman Forever”.

From an original idea by Pedro Mérida, FIMUCITÉ’s producer, “Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony” has had the personal involvement of the composers John Frizzell (“Alien: Resurrection”) and Brian Tyler (“Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem”), as well as the contributions given by the record producer Robert Townson. Elliot Goldenthal himself will attend this concert in Krakow, who will be presenting an expanded “Alien 3” version with new arrangements.
“Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony” includes music from the four films belonging to the famous science fiction saga, plus one from “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem”. The selected cues from “Alien” (1979) are “Main Title”, “The Landing”, “Breakaway”, “The Droid”, “The Door” and “End Title”, all composed by Jerry Goldsmith. From “Aliens” (1986), James Horner’s cues are “Futile Escape” and “Bishop’s Countdown” and Elliot Goldenthal’s “Lento” and “Adagio” are the selection from “Alien 3” (1992). John Frizzell’s “Suite” from “Alien: Resurrection” (1997) and Brian Tyler’s “Requiem” for “Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem” conclude this ambitious selection.
DVD editionThe American film music label Varèse Sarabande has just released a 2-disc set including a DVD and a CD of “Alien: A Biomechanical Symphony”, the recording of this symphonic work premiered at FIMUCITÉ 3 in 2009. This deluxe edition will delight all the saga lovers, as well as the film music fans in general. This limited edition of 3,000 copies includes a DVD of the concert and a CD of the music from the aforementioned Symphony. A beautiful DVD booklet is also included.

UNIVERSAL PICTURES WILL CELEBRATE ITS 100th ANNIVERSARY AT FIMUCITÉ VI

The Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Diego Navarro, will perform the best Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Thomas Newman and Alan Silvestri scores at the Closing Gala Concert.

The VI Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ), which will be heldfrom July 7 to 14, sponsored by Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Canary Islands Governmentand Santa Cruz and Arona City Councils, will become the venue of the official celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Universal Pictures Studios this year.
Withi ts customary self-improvement spirit and its constant search for new and enhanced contents, this unavoidable appointment with film music has got the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, conducted by composer and FIMUCITÉ director Diego Navarro, to be chosen by the studios to perform live this unique celebration at the Closing Gala Concert on Saturday, July 14, at Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín”. In a musical evening that promises to shake like never before thisCanary coliseum, the audience will enjoy a selection of legendary classic scores that have made the Universal Pictures so prestigious worldwide, including the works of acclaimed composers such as Hans Zimmer, James Horner, Thomas Newman or Alan Silvestri.    
On Friday, July 13, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will play another exclusive concert on the same stage, where the famous composer James Newton Howard’s music will be the main protagonist. This time, the Orchestra will be conducted by Diego Navarro and also by the renowned American conductor, orchestrator and composer Pete Anthony.
Presuntos Implicados
But, as the Festival has already proved through its six years history, there will be more surprises apart from the repertoire of the symphonic concerts. On July 7, FIMUCITÉ VI will offer at Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos a concert of the Spanish group Presuntos Implicados. This opening evening, the famous musicians from Murcia will play their latest work, “Banda Sonora”, in which they have expressed the essential feelings music gives to films through the Spanish version of a great number of very well-known themes. It is worth pointing out the Oscar Academy Award winner in 1959, “Manha De Carnaval”, the oldest theme in the album and origin of “bossa nova”.
On July 12, the Big Band de Canarias will play tribute to the legendary composer Henry Mancini at Guimerá Theater in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The genuine Canary band, leaded by the saxophonist Kike Perdomo and the guitarist Yul Ballesteros, will play the best works by the author of unforgettable scores such as “The Pink Panther”, “Peter Gunn” or “Hatari!”.
The parallel activities of the Festival, including screenings and publications, will mainly focus on the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the UniversalStudios.

History

The Tenerife International Film Music Festival began in 2007 due to the fans growing interest to enjoy a live performance of the scores belonging to some of the most renowned films. Thanks to the excellent outcome of the five previous editions, in which the event has displayed all its ludic and educational potential before very varied audiences (many of which come to the Canary Islands from all over the World), FIMUCITÉ has grown to currently become one of the most selected, successful and celebrated international festivals of its genre.
The Festival also began in 2010 and 2011 to collaborate with prestigious international labels, like Varèse Sarabande, which has already made the Festival and Diego Navarro’s work known through the releasing of several CDs and DVDs. There has been also a very close collaboration with the Krakow Music Festival since last year, when Diego Navarro conducted the prestigious Ausko Orkiestra Kameralna in Poland and received an ovation from more than 4,000 people.
The impact of this event on the specialist press has also reached English-speaking media such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter or Soundtrack.net, as well as French-speaking ones such as Soundtrack Collector or Underscores. All of them are covering the Festival due to its far-reaching impact on the specialist as well as the general public, which gives an idea of how the event has reached people’s feelings.

FIMUCITÉ V CONCLUDES WITH AN OVATION OF 4,400 PEOPLE

The Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ) ended its fifth edition on Saturday, July 2, with an ovation of more than 4,000 people who attended the great week of parallel activities and concerts that took place at the main venues in Santa Cruz and La Laguna. The Closing Gala Concert, staged at the Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín”, and focused on Bernard Herrmann and John Barry, achieved one of the greatest successes of this film music event, which was completely sold out. The audience could enjoy the best scores by both geniuses performed by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer and director of FIMUCITÉ, Diego Navarro.

This Gala became unforgettable thanks to the participation, for the first time, of soloist voices accompanied by the orchestra. The soprano Carmen Acosta, with an extraordinary performance of the Salaambo’s Aria, from Citizen Kane, and Esther Ovejero, whose charismatic voice revived immortal themes from the Bond saga as “Goldfinger” or “Diamonds Are Forever”, amazed the audience. The comedy group El Supositorio also joined the event with a new and brilliant short film parodying the adventures of James Bond 007.

For the first time in FIMUCITÉ’s history, Diego Navarro completely conducted both great symphonic concerts staged at the Auditorio. The July 1 one, focused on the Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi (regular composer for Wong Kar Wai’s films), and on Patrick Doyle (whose suite for “Thor”, the latest Marvel adaptation, was Worldwide premiered at this concert) got an identical success.

The Festival staunch admirers could also enjoy this year’s guest composers, face to face, at the different panels that took place at Espacio Cultural de Cajacanarias: Stephen Warbeck, Oscar Academy Award winner for “Shakespeare in Love”; Doyle and Umebayashi, as well as the Spanish composers Roque Baños, Arnau Bataller and the French Basque, Pascal Gaigne.

At the end of the Closing Gala, the Festival also told the audience the dates of the next edition: FIMUCITÉ VI will be from July 9 to 14, 2012.

STEPHEN WARBECK’S CONCERT AT FIMUCITÉ

The concert, staged for June 29 at 21.00 by FIMUCITÉ, includes, among other works of the acclaimed British composer, the world premiere of his scores for “Un Balcon sur la Mer”, “There Will Be Dragons”, and “Polisse”, Jury Prize in the last Cannes Film Festival

The Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ), which will take place from June 27 to July 2, sponsored by Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Canary Islands Government and Santa Cruz and La Laguna City Councils, will offer one of the most anticipated concerts for film music fans: the first appointment of the Spanish audience with the Academy Awarded composer Stephen Warbeck, winner for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998). It will be on June 29 at the Leal Theater in La Laguna at 21.00.

The repertoire of the composer will also include the world premiere of the concert suites of the scores for the films “Un Balcon Sur la Mer”, “There Will Be Dragons”, and “Polisse”, this last one awarded with the Jury Prize in the last Cannes Film Festival. Warbeck will go on stage accompanied by his band, formed by the clarinetist and sax Sarah Homer, Dario Rosetti-Bonell (electric and acoustic guitars); Nick Cooper (cello), and Steve Watts, Rob Millett and Paul Clarvis, bass, percussion and drums, respectively.

The concert will round off with the pieces composed for “Charlotte Gray”, “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” and the mentioned “Shakespeare in Love”, as well as some surprises that Warbeck will dedicate specifically to his fans during the performance.

After eight years of working as a composer and performer for the stage, Stephen began writing music for film and television. Since the early 1980’s, he has built up a considerable filmography. As well as writing music for more than forty television projects, (for which he has received five BAFTA nominations), he has scored many feature films and numerous radio plays.


Stephen Warbeck

PATRICK DOYLE’S ‘THOR’ SUITE PREMIERES AT FIMUCITÉ



Patrick Doyle
The superhero films will find their place again in the Festival thanks to the score of this Marvel Comics classic, performed by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Diego Navarro, on July 1 at the Auditorio “Adán Martín”

The Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ), which will take place from June 27 to July 2, sponsored by Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Canary Islands Government and Santa Cruz and La Laguna City Councils, will extend its offer to music and comic lovers with the World premiere “Suite” for “Thor”, by Patrick Doyle, box office hit film directed by Kenneth Branagh. The Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and the Tenerife Film Choir, with Cristina Farraris as choir master, will perform the score, conducted by the Festival composer and director, Diego Navarro, on July 1, at 21.00, at the Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín”.

The Festival has always paid attention to the twinning among different cultural styles, as the American film and comics have had for years. This premiere means a step forward in the tradition FIMUCITÉ has had since the beginning, staging premiere concert performances for so well known films such as “Iron Man” or “Spiderman 3”, and the performances of “Superman” or “Superman Returns”.

It is worth mentioning “Astroboy”, the film based on the world-famous anime by Osamu Tezuka, which made Tenerife become the only place in the World to be presented before the opening of the film. Regarding the Spanish comics, the Festival is also very involved with this type of art, which has culminated, among other collaborations, in the poster Alfonso Azpiri, unquestionable veteran and author of characters such as “Lorna” and “Mot”, designed for FIMUCITÉ 3.

FIMUCITÉ V: UNFORGETTABLE SONGS WILL BE PERFORMED LIVE

The soprano Carmen Acosta and the soloist Esther Ovejero will perform “Salaambo´s Aria” from “Citizen Kane” and “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds are forever” from James Bond, respectively, at the Closing Gala on July 2

The soprano Carmen Acosta and the soloist Esther Ovejero will combine talents at the Closing Gala of the fifth edition of the Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ), which will take place from June 27 to July 2, sponsored by Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Canary Islands Government and Santa Cruz and La Laguna City Councils. The concert will be on July 2, at 21:00 in the Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín”.

With the idea of innovating in every edition, for the first time, FIMUCITÉ will perform unforgettable songs live, added to the usual orchestra repertoire. During the Gala, focused on two unquestionable film music composers, Bernard Hermann and John Barry, Carmen Acosta will sing “Salaambo´s Aria” from “Citizen Kane”, and Ovejero will perform two of the most remembered James Bond saga songs: “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds are forever”.

The well known Tenerife soprano, for whom “it will be a honor to sing in the Auditorio with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra”, said that the theme of Orson Welles’ classic is an “extreme work, perfect for a high pitched repertoire”. She also praised its “classic and operatic” structure. Carmen Acosta has specialized in opera, and has a good command of presence and movement on stage, given by her excellent previous drama training. “The aim –she added- is to integrate yourself completely with the piece or the character you are performing, so the more you approach to that integration, the more convincing the singing is”.

Credibility is a constant goal for Acosta, which even extends to her film tastes: “the films I like must also have a story and show feelings”, she mentioned.
Esther Ovejero’s performance, whose voice range has been compared to Shirley Bassey’s, the original singer of James Bond themes, will be essential for her career because “it will be my first time in the Auditorio and before a much bigger audience than I’m used to”. An audience that will not be disappointed because the soloist’s “black voice” has received the applause of thousands of “soul” lovers, a style in which she feels very comfortable.

Ovejero, who is very fond of expression and staging, also admits herself to be “quite an actress” on the stage. She said she was very “touched” to sing for the first time these two 007 themes.