June 02, 2014

Zombies & ASCAP Music Highlight TV Academy's SCORE! Concert

A zombie attack and a deadly swordfight were no match for the mighty ASCAP music that thundered through UCLA’s Royce Hall on May 21st, during the Television Academy’s first-ever SCORE! concert celebrating music composed for television.

ASCAP was the exclusive PRO sponsor of SCORE!, which presented iconic television music performed by a full orchestra and a 40-voice choir. From the opening TV medley, conducted and arranged by six-time Emmy-winning ASCAP member Mark Watters, on to the closing Game of Thrones suite by Ramin Djawadi, the night bore witness to ASCAP’s dominance of the TV music landscape. Of the 12 composers whose music was featured at the concert, 11 are represented by the Society.

Much of the evening’s music was conducted by the composers that wrote it. John Lunn conducted his Emmy-winning music from Downton Abbey, after explaining to host Jon Burlingame how footage of a moving train inspired him to compose the show’s propulsive theme. Sean Callery took the podium for a suite of music from 24, The Kennedys and Elementary. James S. Levine’s excerpts from Glee and American Horror Story were highlighted by inventive use of wordless vocals. Walter Murphy brought the brass and class with the bawdy “All I Really Want for Christmas” and theme from Family Guy, while ASCAP TV & Film Scoring Workshop alumnus Trevor Morris took us back with his themes from period dramas The Borgias and The Tudors.

In one of the evening’s undisputed highlights, zombies staggered down the aisles of Royce Hall while Bear McCreary led the orchestra through music from Da Vinci’s Demons, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Walking Dead. The orchestra made it all the way through, but not before McCreary had been dragged off the stage by the undead, only to be replaced by a flesh-eating zombie with a baton.

Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman stood up to acknowledge the orchestra after an amazing performance of their themes from Nurse Jackie, Carnivale, Touch and Heroes. ASCAP Board member Alf Clausen took the stage to chat with Burlingame about his 25 years composing for The Simpsons, before the orchestra performed his song “The Stonecutters Song” from the show. Another ASCAP Board member, 10-time Emmy winner Bruce Broughton, introduced the second half of the show by highlighting the importance of TV music to the ASCAP repertory - and the importance of ASCAP to TV composers.

The star of the evening was 19-time Emmy-nominated ASCAP composer Mark Snow, who accepted the Television Academy’s Career Achievement Award from his brother-in-law, actor Tim Daly. Snow then took the podium to perform some of his textured, luminous music from The X-Files and Millennium.

SCORE! was executive produced by ASCAP composer Michael Levine, six-time Emmy Award-winning ASCAP composer Mark Watters and ASCAP composer/producer Lucas Cantor, while ASCAP member Spike Jones, Jr. serving as producer and director.

Read more about SCORE! at emmys.com/events/score-concert