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John Williams’ Superman Score Study

November 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

On November 5, we return to the music of John Williams with our first-ever look at one of his most memorable and enduring scores, Superman (1978). We’ll take apart the symphonic suite and take a close look at the villain theme, the love theme, and of course the main hero theme. John Williams has proved himself a master of so many genres within film scoring, and although this score was written in the same era as Williams’s first Star Wars score (1977), it’s stunning to hear a such a contrasting approach to the character of the music. The Superman score has subtle romantic overtones that augment the superhero angles. We’ll look at all of this and much more!

This study will take place on Zoom, and we welcome all our ASA members (Chamber, Orchestra, and Philharmonic) to take part. If you’re not yet a member, sign up on our site. Even our free membership (Chamber) will get you in to this event. The Zoom URL will be mailed to all members the day before the event, and will also be posted to our home page. Orchestra and Philharmonic members, of course, get access to more than 150 other studies that we’ve done, and we encourage you to check out (https://scoringarts.com/videos).

After our score study, we’re partnering with the American Youth Orchestra, who is performing Superman live-to-picture at UCLA’s Royce Hall at 4pm. This performance is their 14th annual Hollywood Project Concert, and conductor Caros Izcaray will bring the entire score to life live on stage with Los Angeles’s best youth musicians. The Academy of Scoring Arts is grateful to the AYO for extending a special ASA discount to attend the concert.

Ticket link: https://www.aysymphony.org/14-annual-hollywood-project-concert-2022/
Promo code: AYS4 ($4 off)