Ennio Morricone postpones Los Angeles concert

Mar 13, 2014

Back Injury forces composer to reschedule performance to June 15 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

March 11, 2014 -- The Italian composer, Ennio Morricone, has suffered a back injury that has forced the postponement of his Los Angeles concert to June 15 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. At the concert, Morricone will conduct an ensemble of 200 musicians and singers.

A Los Angeles Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences event Ennio Morricone in conversation with Quentin Tarantino at the Bing Theatre, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has also been postponed to June 14. AMPAS will be reaching out to ticket buyers of the March 18 event regarding that event.

Morricone has undergone an operation to repair a slipped disc, and his doctor has advised him not to travel long distances for a period of time to ensure a full recovery. Morricone said, "It saddens me deeply to have to postpone this concert. I am very much looking forward to my first Los Angeles performance. Hollywood has been instrumental in bringing my work to American audiences, and my 2007 performance in New York was one of the high points of my career to date. I'm grateful and sorry to my fans for having to delay this show. I look forward to seeing you in June."

Tickets originally purchased for the March 20 Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE concert will be honored for the June 15 concert. If ticket holders are unable to attend on that date and wish for a refund, they are available through May 1st via the original point of purchase.

Ennio Morricone has composed the scores for more than 450 films including five of Sergio Leone's westerns -- A Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; Once Upon a Time in the West and A Fistful of Dynamite – and The Battle of Algiers; Sacco and Vanzetti; Cinema Paradiso; 1900, Malena; The Untouchables; Once Upon A Time in America; The Mission; U-Turn; The Unknown Woman; and The Best Offer, among hundreds of others. This year Morricone was honoured with the Recording Academy Grammy Trustees Award; in 2007 he received Academy Honorary Award in recognition of his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Born in Rome on November 10, 1928, Ennio Morricone started his film-composing career in 1961 with Il Federale directed by Luciano Salce. Morricone then became famous worldwide with his scores for Sergio Leone's westerns. Since that time, Morricone has composed music for films by directors including Pedro Almodovar, Warren Beatty, Bernardo Bertolucci, Brian De Palma, Roland Joffè, Adrian Lyne, Giuliano Montaldo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roman Polanski, Gillo Pontecorvo, Oliver Stone, Giuseppe Tornatore, Margarethe Von Trotta, Henry Verneuil, and Lina Wertmuller.

Morricone has been nominated for five Academy Awards, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for the soundtrack album of The Good The Bad and the Ugly, won two Grammy Awards for Once Upon a Time in the West and The Untouchables, two Golden Globe awards for his scores for The Mission and 1900; the ASCAP lifetime achievement award, the career achievement award by the Film Music Society, and 27 Gold and 6 Platinum records.

Morricone has composed over 100 pieces of concert music since 1946 including Concerto per Orchestra n.1 (1957); Frammenti di Eros (1985); Cantata per L'Europa (1988); UT, per tromba, archi e percussioni (1991); Ombra di Lontana Presenza (1997); Voci dal Silenzio (2002); Sicilo ed altri Frammenti (2006); Vuoto D'Anima Piena (2008); and Una Messa (2013).

Since 2001, Morricone has engaged in intense concert activity, and has conducted more than 100 concerts in Europe, Asia, the United States, and in Central and South America of his film music and concert works. On February 2, 2007, Morricone conducted Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra in a major concert at the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the appointment of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, followed the next day by his historic United States debut at Radio City Music Hall, in a concert produced by Massimo Gallotta, who is producing the current Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Barclays Center concerts.

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