Not every fairytale starts with the usual formula of “Once upon a time…”. However, all fairytales touch us with the power of their inherent fantasy. They blend the beautiful and the eerie into a magical world between dreams and reality. Hollywood and fairytales have developed a very special friendship that - this year - presents us with a fantastic concert experience in the land of mythical creatures.
We allow Beauty Belle to realise that an enchanted prince may be hiding behind the fearsome Beast. Peering behind mysterious doors, we explore a legendary parallel universe embroiled in a battle against dark powers in The Chronicles of Narnia. We accompany the brave Mulan on her adventurous journey through medieval China. In Finding Neverland, we have the unique opportunity to look over the shoulder of the author of Peter Pan while he creates his fairytale hero. We listen to the story of the shipwrecked Pi and a Bengal tiger in Life of Pi, before we follow the musical trail of other predators in order to pay homage to Simba, the Lion King.
A Tribute to Danny Elfman
During the second part of the concert, we honour a composer of countless fantastically bizarre screen fables. Danny Elfman, who has won many awards and has been nominated for four Oscars, will be awarded the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award. As a congenial partner of the director Tim Burton, he added his unmistakably powerful sound fantasies to the morbid and playful worlds of Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Corpse Bride. In Batman and Batman Returns, as well as in the movie celebrating America’s yellow cult family The Simpsons, he created musical monuments for two legendary - and very different - sets of heroes.
The concert will be recorded for TV and radio and broadcasted on an international level.