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  • Nov. 11, 2016
  • Partnership Commences with Series of Three Classic Films at Walt Disney Concert Hall: Rebel Without a Cause, On the Waterfront, and Casablanca

    Los Angeles, CA (November 11, 2016) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced a three-year partnership where the two organizations will collaborate on programming beginning in the 2016/17 season with the presentation of three classic films with orchestra live-to-picture at Walt Disney Concert Hall: Rebel Without a Cause (world premiere of film with live orchestra), On the Waterfront, and Casablanca. Additional co-curated presentations for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons will be announced.

    “Los Angeles plays a unique role in the history of symphonic music thanks, in large part, to the presence of the film industry,” stated Deborah Borda, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. “The LA Phil has always included the best of film music in its repertoire, and through a new partnership with the Academy, will delve even deeper into the relationship between music and the moving image. We look forward to drawing on the unrivaled expertise of Academy members as we bring sight and sound together on the concert hall stage.”

    “Although it seems inevitable, the partnership between the Academy and the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been almost a century in the making,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “This new alliance between these two institutions, both composed of the world's finest creative professionals, and both headquartered in Los Angeles but with reach far beyond, will enable us to illustrate, explain, and celebrate the vital linkage between music and movies as never before.”

    The LA Phil and the Academy partnership begins in the 2016/17 season with the presentation of three classic films, each live-to picture with a full orchestra. On Thursday, November 17, at 8:00 PM, Scott Dunn leads the LA Phil in Leonard Rosenman’s celebrated score for Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – directed by Nicholas Ray with screenplay by Stewart Stern. This presentation marks the world premiere of the film with live orchestra. Friday, November 18, at 8:00 PM and Sunday, November 20, at 2:00 PM, respectively, David Newman conducts the LA Phil in Leonard Bernstein’s Oscar®-nominated score for On the Waterfront (1954) – directed by Ella Kazan with screenplay by Budd Schulberg – and Max Steiner’s Oscar-nominated score for Casablanca (1943) – directed by Michael Curtiz with screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch – both complete films with live orchestra. Each screening of the classic film series will be introduced by Academy members: Andy Garcia (Nov. 17), Eva Marie Saint (Nov. 18) and Aaron Eckhart (Nov. 20). 

    One hour prior to each screening, the LA Phil’s Upbeat Live will be held in BP Hall, free to all ticket holders. Curated by the Academy, the pre-concert talks will feature film-music historian and veteran journalist Jon Burlingame in conversations about the importance of each film score with former Academy Music Branch Governor and composer Charles Fox (Nov. 17), Academy Music Branch Governor and composer Laura Karpman (Nov. 18) and Academy Music Branch Governor and composer Charles Bernstein (Nov. 20).


    Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 8:00 PM
    Rebel Without a Cause
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Scott Dunn, conductor
    Andy Garcia (Oscar nominee, The Godfather, Part III), introduction 

    ROSENMAN           Rebel Without a Cause (world premiere of film with live orchestra) 

    Friday, November 18, 2016, at 8:00 PM
    On the Waterfront
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    David Newman, conductor
    Eva Marie Saint (Oscar® winner, On the Waterfront), introduction

    BERNSTEIN            On the Waterfront (complete film with live orchestra)

    On The Waterfront © 1954, renewed 1982 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 2:00 PM
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    David Newman, conductor
    Aaron Eckhart, introduction

    STEINER                Casablanca (complete film with live orchestra)

    Tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2016/17 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, please visit or the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 7,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.


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