Ennio Morricone Postpones Two Events in L.A.

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A back operation delays the famed composer’s public conversation with Quentin Tarantino and a concert with 200 musicians and singers at the Nokia Theatre. Both had been scheduled for next week.

Ennio Morricone, the great Italian composer known for scoring such Sergio Leone films as The Good the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, has suffered a back injury that has forced the postponement of his March 20 concert in Los Angeles.

An Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Los Angeles event scheduled for March 18, "Ennio Morricone in Conversation With Quentin Tarantino" at the Bing Theatre at the L.A. County Museum of Art, also has been postponed.

The concert at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. Live has been rescheduled to June 15. Morricone still plans to conduct an ensemble of 200 musicians and singers.

Morricone, 85, has undergone an operation to repair a slipped disc, and his doctor has advised him not to travel long distances for a period of time to ensure a full recovery, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

“It saddens me deeply to have to postpone this concert. I am very much looking forward to my first Los Angeles performance,” he said in a statement. “Hollywood has been instrumental in bringing my work to American audiences, and my 2007 performance in New York was one of the high points of my career to date. I’m grateful and sorry to my fans for having to delay this show. I look forward to seeing you in June.”

Morricone has composed the scores for more than 450 films, including five Westerns helmed by Leone. He is the recipient of five Oscar nominations and an honorary Oscar.

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