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The Silence of the Lambs actor is bringing out an album of his own classical compositions
Appearance: Not actually a serial killer.
The one who eats people? Yes, that Sir Anthony Hopkins. The one who – despite hundreds of starring roles on stage and screen – will likely always be remembered by most film fans as psychiatrist and cannibal Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.
And for his scene-stealing turn as one-eyed god Odin in Thor, surely? No, I'm pretty sure even Hopkins has forgotten that one.
But he was brilliant! Please, let's not get fixated on his role as Thor.
Fine. What's he done now? He's followed in the footsteps of Hugh Laurie, William Shatner and the guy who plays Karl Kennedy on Neighbours and become one of those actors who decides to release an album.
Like a music album? A lot like a music album, yes.
What's it called? »
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Here's the official synopsis from WB:
Silence of the Lambs star will premiere new music at concerts in Birmingham and Cardiff
The man who played Hannibal Lecter is set to show off his musical side. Anthony Hopkins will present his original classical music, including a new piece composed for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, at two UK concerts.
Hopkins is "immensely happy" to be working with the orchestra for his music's British premiere, he told BBC News. "There are themes and passages in these pieces that have been several decades in the making and to bring them all vividly to life with one of the great symphony orchestras of the world is absolutely thrilling."
At both dates, in Birmingham on 23 July and in Cardiff on 24 July, Hopkins will introduce music he wrote for his own independently released films. August, released in 1996, and Slipstream, from 2007, were both directed by Hopkins. The actor will also debut a new work, »
- Sean Michaels
Sir Anthony Hopkins needs no introduction as an actor. Even if he seems to be recycling the same performance lately, he stands as a giant among his peers, Richard Burton incarnate with less late career turkeys (so far). Lesser known is that he has also been dabbling in music, playing piano and composing. Thus far he's composed three scores, all for films he also directed.
Hopkins will be presenting these compositions at concerts for the first time this summer in the UK, THR reports. The music will be performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and will include compositions Hopkins wrote for the films "August" and "Slipstream."
Hopkins' most recent foray into music for film was a piece he wrote and performed called "Venetian Medley" for 2010's "The City of Your Final Destination," which had a marvelous score by guitarist/composer Jorge Drexler.
The Birmingham orchestra, lead by conductor by Michael Seal, »
- Brandon Kim
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