LA Phil spotlights film composers Bowers, Britell, Guðnadóttir, and others in “Reel Change” concerts

Posted on: November 18, 2021

“The ice wall between the concert hall and the movie theater has been thawing for years, thanks in large part to giants like John Williams who … championed [film music’s] inclusion in intelligent concerts,” writes Tim Grieving in Monday’s (11/15) San Francisco Classical Voice. “That’s only one side of the coin. The other is the emergence of … nontraditional artists in both fields…. The LA Phil is highlighting this major shift in … ‘Reel Change.’ Across three consecutive nights beginning Friday, Nov. 19, three of today’s exciting younger film composers Hildur Guðnadóttir [Joker; Chernobyl], Kris Bowers [Green Book; When They See Us], and Nicholas Britell [Moonlight; Succession]—will present programs of their own music alongside pieces that inspired them…. Compositions featured in [Guðnadóttir’s] Reel Change program [include] new music from her first videogame, Battlefield 2042 [and] Ryuichi Sakamoto’s theme for The Revenant … Kaija Saariaho’s Nymphéa Reflection: Feroce, … and Ligeti’s Atmosphères…. Britell’s concert will feature selections of music he’s written for … directors Adam McCay and Barry Jenkins…. Bowers’s … program will feature the premiere of a … horn concerto for LA Phil principal Andrew Bain…. Bowers’s program will feature suites from four of his own scores.”