Royal Albert Hall Festival of Film - Michael Giacchino at 50: A Birthday Gala Celebration

20 October 2017 - 19:30

Join Michael Giacchino, the Oscar®-winning composer behind some of your favourite film themes, as we celebrate his 50th birthday with his first ever major career retrospective. This personal, one-off event will also take a rare glimpse at the man behind the magic, sharing never-before-seen footage from Michael’s childhood and early career.
The concert will feature music and film clips from Rogue One, Lost, Up, Jurassic World, War for the Planet of the Apes and The Incredibles, as well as the latest Star Trek films. The evening will be hosted by self-described “maker of things” Adam Savage (Myth Busters, The evening will include many world premiere pieces and will feature personal film clips and stories.
Michael will be joined on stage by his friends and colleagues, J.J. Abrams (Mission Impossible: 3, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8) Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Carlton Cuse (Lost) Pete Docter (Up, Inside Out), Gareth Edwards (Rogue One), Andrew Stanton (John Carter) and Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World). They will be introducing the musical suites from their films and will share personal stories with Michael.
Michael Giacchino, who also has a BAFTAs, Golden Globe® and several Grammy Awards®, will share the conducting duties with Ludwig Wicki as the Cinematic Sinfonia and the English Chamber Choir perform the eclectic program.
Michael Giacchino at 50 is part of our Festival of Film.
The event included appearances from ten 501st UK Garrison Stormtroopers and Gonzo The Great from The Muppets on stage. This was the debut of any of The Muppets at the Hall. Gonzo The Great performed a death defying stunt of being thrown into a cow (poodle!) by Giacchino and Abrams.
Adam Savage appeared on stage wearing several different costumes including Mr Incredible, a dinosaur, Doctor Strange, Orson Krennic, and a polar bear.
Brad Bird, the director of Ratatouille, couldn’t be in attendance due to flight complications but he sent his love, and blamed United Airlines, via a note read out by David Silverman (The Simpson’s/Dreamworks/Pixar) before 'Ratatouille Jazz Fantasia' was performed.
Premiere of 'Ratatouille Jazz Fantasia'.
Premiere of 'Married Life' with the BOND quartet and orchestra.
'Suite from Super8' (conducted by Giacchino) received a standing ovation from the audience.
An aftershow party was held in the Elgar Rom for invited guests.

Event Date and Time

20 October 2017 - 19:30

Orchestra or Band

Cinematic Sinfonia, BOND Quartet

Event Category

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