"...Music is intangible, it has no form, it is like a dream: it exists only when it is played and takes shape in the listener's mind." - Ennio Morricone
This year, the world's greatest film composer will be honored with a new concert experience. Ennio Morricone - The Official Concert Celebration will embark on its first major tour, stopping in numerous European cities as well as far beyond.
Immediately after his retirement from the stage in 2019, Ennio Morricone began work on a new concert production that would be conceived as his successor. By mid-2020, the maestro had completed the design for this production. The production will feature visually stunning scenes from his greatest classic films, special lighting design and will be accompanied on stage by Morricone's longtime soloists. His son Andrea Morricone personally conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders and the choir. Andrea Morricone says, "This will be a bittersweet experience for me: I miss my father very much, of course, but to honor him by conducting a full symphony orchestra and choir performing his phenomenal music will be magnificent and deeply emotional, and I'm hugely looking forward to celebrating him with his fans around the world."
The live program is a musical as well as personal tribute to the maestro, featuring never-before-seen footage of the legend at work, including outtakes from interviews.
Ennio Morricone composed over 500 film scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 musical works. Highlights that will also be included in the new live program include his scores for Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon A Time In America, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, The Untouchables and The Mission.
Between 2014 and 2019, Maestro Ennio Morricone performed 111 concerts in Europe alone to a total audience of more than 800,000. On July 6, 2020, the film composer legend passed away in his hometown of Rome at the age of 91.