This October, audiences will be graced with two upcoming orchestral events, all showcasing James Horner’s incredible contribution to film.
Film Fest Gent has showcased the art of film music since 2001, with the Belgium film festival introducing their World Soundtrack Awards that year along with hosting tribute concerts for many of the top film composers in the world, such as John Barry, Hans Zimmer, Jerry Goldsmith, going back to 1985 with concerts for Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone.

On October 17th, Film Fest Gent will host the James Horner Tribute Concert, with a selection of the composer’s works curated with assistance from friend and collaborator Simon Franglen.
After what appeared to be a one-time collaboration on Titanic in 1997, Simon Franglen joined Horner’s team in 2009 for Avatar and ultimately assisted, orchestrated and arranged on all of Horner’s scores for the remainder of his career until his passing in 2015. As successor to the musical legacy established by Horner on Avatar, Franglen’s Avatar: The Way of Water score will be highlighted in a suite and World Soundtrack Award Ceremony the day prior to the tribute concert, October 16th.

In the World Soundtrack Awards Press Release, composer Simon Franglen commented:

“James Horner was one of the icons of film music, a man who created some of the most memorable and emotional scores we have ever heard. I’m very much looking forward to this wonderful concert to celebrate my friend’s work.”

The concert will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic under the baton of Dirk Brossé, musical director of Film Fest Gent and leader of countless concerts featuring fellow score composers Alan Silvestri, the late Ryuichi Sakamoto, and also chosen by John Williams to bring Star Wars In Concert to audiences since 2009.

The Concert:


Dirk Brossé, Conductor:

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