Mark Snow, John Ottman and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Concert

Dan Spain (2009)

We were taken from the TEA to the Music Auditorium for the first big orchestral concert of the festival.   After getting a few drinks in the lobby, we got our seats (front row), and the program began with Mark Snow conducting his own music from Millennium, The X-Files, and Crazy in Alabama.

Mark Snow conducts "Surgery" from THE X-FILES

It was great hearing some pieces with full orchestra (and choir), like the “Main Theme” from Millennium, and “Surgery” and “Crossroads” from The X-Files.

Mark Snow conducts at Fimucite 3

Next up was music from John Ottman’s films, with Valkyrie, Superman Returns, Fantastic Four and a new selection of music from Astro Boy performed.  Since Astro Boy was just recorded two weeks ago in London, this probably marks the fastest scoring session-to-concert performance turnaround time ever!

Diego Navarro conducts Jan A.P. Kaczmarek's program

After intermission, the second half of the program focused exclusively on the works of Oscar-winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.  Finding Neverland, Quo Vadis, and War & Peace were among the selections performed.  The concert was filmed, and there was a camera on a boom mike that was swinging all over the auditorium. Sometimes it would get a little too close – some people in the front row were tempted to kick it!

The boom camera gets too close!

Final bow

It was a good concert overall, and after it ended, we all headed outside to walk to the cocktail party at a nearby restaurant.

The Music Auditorium