Oscar-Nominated Songs and Scores to Be Featured in Special Concert

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Hoping to establish a new tradition, the Academy is planning a Feb. 27 concert at UCLA that will focus on the year's nominees in its two music categories.

Oscar is getting into the concert business. In hopes of establishing a new tradition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is planning to hold a concert featuring the year’s Oscar-nominated scores and songs Feb. 27, three days before the March 2 Academy Awards, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

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In an e-mail sent to members of the music branch, that branch’s three governors, Charles Fox, Arthur Hamilton and David Newman, outlined plans for the concert.

“A symphony orchestra of Los Angeles studio musicians will perform a suite from each score of up to 10 minutes in length. Subject to availability, each original composer will conduct his/her own work,” they said.

As for the song category, they said, “It is our hope that either the original artists or the songwriters will perform their own songs live.”

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It was not immediately clear how moving song and score performances to their own evening might impact the Oscars show itself -- whether the same performers might also appear on the broadcast. As the governors noted, while the most recent show featured all five nominated songs, that had not been the case in the preceding years.

The evening also will include brief onstage conversations with composers and their directors about the process of creating music for motion pictures, the announcement promises.