The Aldeburgh Cinema, in the small town in Suffolk where the famous composer Benjamin Britten made his home, annually holds three matinees honoring the life and work of famous composers, hosted by former BBC documentarian Humphrey Burton.
In April, the theater will host a fourth matinee, and for the first time take a look at the life of a film composer. The event will honor the life and work of none other than James Horner. During this event, Burton will be joined on stage by film music scholar Tommy Pearson.
From the press release:
"We shall close this season of Matinee Musicales on Sunday April 10th, with a new departure: I shall be straying off the beaten track of classical music for AN APPRECIATION OF A HOLLYWOOD MAESTRO. Some of the best music of the 20th Century was composed for the cinema (I think of Henry V, Odd Man Out and On the Waterfront) and one of the finest film composers of recent times was James Horner, who wrote the music for Titanic. Horner’s grandfather was from Vienna and his studies included a spell at London’s Royal College of Music. James Horner died in a tragic and mysterious way: the plane he was piloting solo crashed into a remote Californian forest; he was only 61. He had composed music for a hundred movies, winning two Oscars and another eight Oscar nominations. A truly intriguing phenomenon! Our cinema’s Head of Content Delivery, Dan Champion, was a great fan and he did suggest that we should do a matinee about James Horner. I welcomed the idea but since I make no claim to expertise in this field I have invited Tommy Pearson to join me; Tommy is a friend and colleague from my BBC days who is now a leading UK authority on film music; he interviewed Horner at the Royal Albert Hall just weeks before his untimely death. Tommy will sketch in Horner’s extraordinary career, show scenes from significant movies, quote from radio and TV interviews and share his personal memories of meetings in Los Angeles and London. An event that’s not to be missed! The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday April 10th."