“My wife doesn’t want any more around the house,” he admits, “so they’re mostly at the office.”
The 74-year-old industry veteran spends as much time at Don Mischer Prods. as ever, and has little interest in either retiring or resting on his laurels, which include some 200 producing and directing credits ranging from the 2009 Obama Inaugural Celebration to the Oscars, the Emmys, the Olympics, the Kennedy Center Honors and the Super Bowl halftime shows starring the likes of Prince, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.
Instead, he’s focused on his latest project,
But it was Zimmer — perhaps the closest thing to a mogul in the scoring realm — who was clearly humbled by the honor. “I was a little nervous about a world-class orchestra playing Schubert (Symphonia N° 8, Unfinished) and Zimmer, and Schubert is a real composer,” Zimmer told Variety. “And just seeing how they really knew my stuff and they loved it. There was this bond.”
The lavish, black-tie affair — consisting of a concert by the orchestra of mostly Zimmer movie compositions, and a Wolfgang Puck-catered supper in the Center’s courtyard afterward — raised approximately $1.2 million for the Israel Philharmonic,
The product of the joint vision of Fredric Mann and the organization’s current music director Zubin Mehta, who responded to the lack of Israeli government subsidy or endowment for the orchestra, the mission for American Friends was solidified in 1980.
The two created an endowment fund in the United States for the orchestra, founded in 1936, and the non-profit now operates with the goal of sustaining the orchestra’s financial future, supporting its educational programs and broadening its reach.
On July 16, the Friends will honor Zimmer with its first lifetime achievement award at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
The event will feature Mehta and members of the orchestra, who
Amongst these were Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, magical composer A R Rahman, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, iconic actor Rajinikanth and prominent actress of Bollywood’s golden era, Waheeda Rehman.
The awards were presented by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, at Rashtrapati Bhawan – the official residence of the President of India.
While felicitating the awards, the President stated, “It’s indeed a pleasure for me to be amidst you this evening and to be associated with recognizing these 25 great Indians. While going through their introduction and some of their comments I found out that one striking commonality in all of them that each and every one of them believes in hard work, honesty, commitment to the job, idea to which they furnish…”
In an interview with Ndtv, Srk also commented
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Arturo Toscanini (l.) and Bronislaw Huberman in 1936 in Orchestra of Exiles.
The Orchestra of Exiles is 2012 documentary directed by Josh Aronson, who previously helmed the Academy Award-nominated 2000 doc Sound and Fury.
In the early 1930′s Hitler began firing Jewish musicians across Europe. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved these great musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With courage, resourcefulness and an entourage of allies including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein, Huberman saved nearly 1000 Jews – and guaranteed the survival of Europe’s musical heritage.
Featuring commentary by musical greats including Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta and Joshua Bell, Orchestra of Exiles is a timeless tale of a brilliant young man coming of age, and the suspenseful chronicle of how his efforts impacted
Bonus features on the DVD include the following
"You're So Great / It's All Right, Ma" Wendy James You're So Great E.P. (Cobraside)
If Brit-born/NYC-based Ms. James's claim-to-fame-band Transvision Vamp was a tad too sugar-pop coated for your New Yawk punk rawk palette, not to worry. Thanks to guitarist James Williamson (Iggy Pop Stooge) and drummer James Sclavunos (Nick Cave alumnus), she's found some downtown 'tude. The A-side is a fun retro Ramones-style punk ditty, but it's the flip-side Grinderman-grind Dylan cover where it all comes together.
Funny, I think, you compile a list of questions for a man known for his interracial heritage and for creating music that partakes equally of genres black and white, anticipating a conversation that will range back and forth across the racial faultlines of modern America – as indeed it does – and the first thing he mentions is your skin colour.
"You obviously didn't come here from the UK with that tan, now did you?" says Lenny Kravitz, shaking hands with a friendly smile. This being British press day in La, I guess that Kravitz has spent the morning talking to a succession of sun-starved and jet-lagged London journos, making my Hamiltonian mid-winter La hue more noticeable by contrast.
"Huh?" I say, wondering for a second if
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Is Nigeria's sectarian violence really down to a Muslim-Christian clash? Journalist Peter Oborne and director Andy Wells say no: instead, this is a deep-rooted struggle for power and land, one which the government is powerless to contain; there are even allegations that the military may be behind some of the outrages. In village after village, we witness the aftermath of the massacres, including bodies thrown down wells and blackened patches where human beings have been burned alive. Civil war looks all too inevitable.
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This production of the first part of Wagner's Ring Cycle is notable for being staged by the Spanish company La Fura dels Baus, whose futuristic set includes an avant-erotic, almost S&M nymph scene and lava-like projected video backdrops, of which Wagner, a believer in the
This photo of La Pfeiff was taken just four months ago. I have lately become convinced that we have a problem with accepting aging in our society because we are always staring at celebrities.Think on this: they start out with an advantage. If you're so beautiful that people want to stare at your face blown up dozens of feet tall when you're in your 20s and 30s... chances are you're going to be an outstandingly beautiful 50something, too. The rest are mere mortals.
You know those cards that tell you who you share a birthday with?
Do you suppose celebrities ever get them and geek out on which other celebrities they share birthdays with? It's an oroborus.
If you must know, Pfeiffer shares her exact birthday with Jan Brady herself, Eve Plumb. But she
He died of pancreatic cancer in Modena, Italy, the town where he was born 71 years ago.
President Bush expressed condolences to the Pavarotti family and hailed his "perfect pitch and charismatic interpretations."
Pavarotti arguably was more successful than any other postwar classical performer in straddling both the worlds of opera and pop culture, especially through his association with fellow singers Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras as the Three Tenors, as well as charity work with such pop icons as U2 and Mariah Carey.
"The whole world will be listening today to his voice on every radio and television station, and that will continue. And that is his legacy. He will never stop," said conductor Zubin Mehta, who directed some of Pavarotti's Three Tenors concerts.
"I always admired the God-given glory of his voice -- that unmistakable special timbre from the bottom up to the very top of the tenor range," said Domingo, now musical director of the Los Angeles Opera. "I also loved his wonderful sense of humor."
Said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, "The world has lost a remarkable artist and incredible humanitarian, but his life's work will leave an indelible mark on our culture."
An outstanding soccer player in his youth, the farm boy, as Pavarotti liked to call himself, was drawn into the world of music by his father, a fine singer in his own right who only reluctantly acknowledged his son's musical superiority.
"My career began well, and that was a good sign," Pavarotti recalled. "My voice was a little thread, fine for that little theater" in Modena. "I was very proud, of course, but my father said, 'Nice, but Gigli and Schipa don't sing like that -- you must work some more.' "
The farm boy made his grand opera debut in La Boheme in Italy in 1961, and after making a name for himself in Europe, he premiered in the U.S. in a 1965 performance of Lucia di Lammermoor.
The Italian music industry paid tribute to the singer.
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