October 31, 2003



Portland, Ore. … On the heels of launching his national reunion tour with Paul Simon, singer Art Garfunkel has cancelled his appearance on this season’s Oregon Symphony’s Pops series. Renowned Hollywood composer Bill Conti, whose film score credits include “The Right Stuff,” “Broadcast News,” “Baby Boom” and all four “Karate Kid” movies, will replace Garfunkel on the May 22-24 Bank of America Pops concerts.

Conti, a fixture in both film and television music for decades, will conduct a mixture of his own works and arrangements with other movie music in a program entitled, “An Evening at the Movies.” The concert will open with Conti’s fanfare, “The Final Bell,” from “Rocky,” and continue with a television medley of some of his best-known work from the 1980’s, including music from the 1988 Olympics, “Falcon Crest,” “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Dynasty” and “Cagney and Lacey.” The concert will also feature “The Best That You Can Do,” the theme song from the hit movie “Arthur,” selections of John Williams’ music from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Vangelis’ theme from “Chariots of Fire,” and music from Conti’s own score of “The Right Stuff.”

Performances are scheduled for Saturday, May 22 at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Monday, May 24 at 8 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, with an additional performance on Tuesday, May 24 at Salem’s Smith Auditorium. Tickets range in price from $25 to $68 and may be purchased at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office (923 S.W. Washington), Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or charged by phone at 503-228-1353 or (800) 228-7343. Tickets also may be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets (503-790-ARTS) or through Ticketmaster Online, via the Symphony’s Web site at www.orsymphony.org. Service fees may apply.

Bill Conti

Bill Conti, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after composers and conductors, has won the Academy Award, thee Emmy Awards, six Emmy nominations and three Oscar nominations, (two for Best Song), and a Grammy nomination. His compositions have sold well in excess of eight million albums and singles.

The Oscar went to Conti for his memorable score for “The Right Stuff,” the Emmys for developing the creative concept and composing the original score for ABC-TV’s telecast of the New York City Marathon, as well as conducting the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra for the telecast, and the nominations for composing two original songs, “For Your Eyes Only,” from the movie of the same title, and “Gonna Fly Now,” from “Rocky I,” which also garnered Conti a Grammy nomination.

Attesting to Conti’s remarkable reputation as a composer and conductor is his having been appointed music director for the Academy Awards ten times, a record achieved by no other person in his field. Conti holds and honorary Doctorate of Music from his alma mater, Louisiana State University, and both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the internationally famed Juilliard School of Music in New York.

Among other motion pictures for which Conti composed the scores are: “The Scout,” “Rookie of the Year,” “The Adventures of Huck Finn,” “Broadcast News,” “Baby Boom” and “An Unmarried Woman.” Conti also scored the four “Karate Kid” movies.