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John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Theme Selected for Academy’s Oscar Concert in Los Angeles!

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced details of The Oscar Concert, a special, one-night-only celebration of film music at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. 

As part of the Oscar week celebrations for its 90th anniversary, the Academy, in partnership with the LA Phil, presents an exclusive one-of-a-kind celebration of film music, including never-before-heard arrangements of this year’s five Original Score Oscar nominees.

Included is John Carpenter‘s famous Halloween theme!

Curated by composers and Academy Governors Michael Giacchino, Laura Karpman, and Charles Bernstein, the evening offers an insider’s look at film scoring across the decades, with select scores performed live by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, with special guest Terence Blanchard, and additional special guests to be announced. The Oscar Concert explores the history of film music through special arrangements of beloved scores by composers including Tan Dun, Quincy Jones, Mica Levi, Rachel Portman, A.R. Rahman, and many more, with accompanying film clips shown in HD on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s large screen.

The evening opens with an introduction by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter, who will explore the challenges and rewards of film scoring, utilizing music from the Oscar-winning film UP. Organized into vignettes, the program explores the emotions and excitement that film scores evoke, including the sound of home, the sound of the chase, the sound of fear, the sound of love, and the sound of courage. The evening closes with the world premiere of specially arranged suites from all five Original Score nominees: Dunkirk, by Hans Zimmer; Phantom Thread, by Jonny Greenwood; The Shape of Water, by Alexandre Desplat; Star Wars: The Last Jedi, by John Williams; and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, by Carter Burwell.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 8:00pm
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Terence Blanchard, trumpet
Additional guests, TBA


Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter present a live demonstration of the scoring process.

Musical selections from the Oscar-winning film UP 

The Sound of Home: 
Rachel Portman, Nicholas Nickleby 
Nino Rota, Amarcord 
A. R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire 

The Sound of the Chase: 
Dave Grusin, The Firm 
Lalo Schifrin, Bullitt 
Jerry Goldsmith, The Great Train Robbery 

The Sound of Fear: 
Mica Levi, Jackie 
Quincy Jones, In Cold Blood 
John Carpenter, Halloween 
John Williams, The Witches of Eastwick 

The Sound of Love 
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, The Adventures of Robin Hood 
Luis Bacalov, Il Postino 
Tan Dun, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

The Sound of Courage: 
Terence Blanchard, Malcolm X 
Terence Blanchard, trumpet
Joe Hisaishi, Spirited Away 
Alex North, Spartacus 

The Sound of the Future: 
World premiere suites from this year’s nominated films for Original Score
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 
Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water 
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread 
John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi 
Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk  

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Tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2017/18 season are available for purchase at, in person at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or by phone at 323.850.2000




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