PRAY FOR THE SOUL OF BETTY played the new Nokia Theater in Times Square this year. ASCAP's Seth Saltzman (far right) and Margaret Spoddig (third from right) stopped by backstage to say hello to ASCAP's Pray for the Soul of Betty that features frontman Constantine from TV's American Idol.
Big Hollywood Debut
THE DEBUT PERFORMANCE OF THE HOLLYWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, a new ensemble dedicated entirely to the performance of symphonic film music, was presented on May 18th at Royce Hall, on the UCLA campus. Led by PRS composer/conductor John Scott, the 80-member orchestra with a 40-voice choir delighted and inspired music lovers and moviegoers alike with performances of compositions for the silver screen as well as timeless classical pieces utilized in film scores, from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Death in Venice. The concert concluded with a new symphonic suite adapted from Scott's score for Antony and Cleopatra (1972) with special performers reciting excerpts of Shakespeare's immortal dialogue. The composers represented on the debut program included Richard Strauss, Wolfgang Mozart, Victor Young, John Scott, Anton Karas, Max Steiner, Maurice Jarre, Gustav Mahler, Ralph Vaughan Williams as well as Scott's own compositions. Scott says the HSO is dedicated to preserving and presenting timeless works by contemporary composers of film and television music in a setting worthy of their creative gifts and talents.
ON MAY 22ND, The Slip performed at Billboard's New York City offices for the magazine's staff. The band, which won the 2004 Heineken USA/ASCAP Foundation Pop/Rock grant for Boston, has received recent rave reviews in The New York Times and Rolling Stone. Their upcoming fourth studio album is due out this fall and will be supported by a nationwide tour. Pictured (l-r) are Billboard's Editorial Director Scott McKenzie, The Slip's Brad Barr, Marc Friedman and Andrew Barr and Billboard's Executive Editor Ken Schlager.
ALISON & STONE at the bi-annual "Affair in the Gardens Art Show" on May 21, 2006 in Beverly Hills, CA. The band, which performed at the Beverly Gardens Park, featured Allison Balson.
FINDING MERCURY at the 2006 ING Bay to Breakers 12K Race in San Francisco on May 21. The band, who play modern rock in the vein of Switchfoot, Coldplay and Muse, opened for Better Than Ezra.
GE GAN-RU's "Four Studies of Peking Opera" for string quartet and piano. Ge's work was performed by the Shanghai Quartet at three performances in Galveston, Houston, and College Station, TX from April 1-3, 2006, respectively.
WILLIAM PRICE's "Boogaloo: Rough and Tumble." The Stephen F. Austin State University Percussion Ensemble performed the work on April 18, 2006 in the Cole Concert Hall in Nacogdoches, TX.
BEHZAD RANJBARAN'S Violin Concerto, performed by the Juilliard Orchestra and conducted by Gerard Schwarz, in its New York premeire performance on April 10 at Alice Tully Hall in New York.
BRIAN ROLLAND'S music from his new album, Dreams of Brazil, on New Age stations around the world. The album was released this past spring and immediately shot up to #12 on the New Age Reporter charts.