Time to pause the self-promotion and promote something by somebody else that is totally worthy: a Basil Poledouris tribute concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A., July 22, 2022, by the L.A. Film Orchestra.
Here are the details:
Basil Poledouris: The Music and The Movies Steven Allen Fox, conductor Los Angeles Film Orchestra - Debut Performance SoCal Chorale Marya Basaraba, Choir Maestra Produced and Hosted by Robert Townson July 22, 2022 · 8:00 pm (Pre-concert chat at 7:00pm) The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall Basil Poledouris was one of film music’s most beloved figures over the 35 years of his brilliant career. In this concert we present a truly spectacular celebration of this remarkable composer and his work. We’ll have a remarkable group of special guests who were friends, colleagues and collaborators of Basil’s. And we will have a program of his music unlike any that has ever been presented. We will also be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Conan the Barbarian, with director John Milius! Basil Poledouris composed the breathtaking original scores for Conan the Barbarian, The Blue Lagoon, RoboCop, The Hunt for Red October, Starship Troopers, Lonesome Dove, Free Willy, Iron Eagle and so many more. We’ll be performing music from all of these, and more! Special guest conductors will join Steven Allen Fox for the debut performance of the Los Angeles Film Orchestra, with the SoCal Chorale, in this special tribute to the great Basil Poledouris, produced and hosted by Robert Townson, a longtime friend who worked with Basil on twenty of his albums. www.lafilmorchestra.com
Incidentally, the pic of Basil dressed like a ninja (above) is from his final public appearance, in Spain for a Conan tribute concert, July 2006. He died that November 8, from lung cancer.
He put everything he had left into making that appearance and it was deeply moving for him. I was corresponding with him a bit that final year of his life, and he told me as much.
He was a great composer and friend to all of us in the community. This will be a great—if still bittersweet—event.