Music is an integral part of filmmaking, moving the story and touching the audience. Where would iconic movies such as Star Wars, Avatar, The Godfather, or Gone with the Wind be without its music? Would Downton Abbey, Dexter, or House of Cards be the same and have audiences glued to their TVs without music? Would gamers immerse into Final Fantasy or Legend of Zelda if they were silent? Movie music has moved us all to cheer, cry, and fall in love for more than 100 years. Yet the vast majority of composers hired to create this vital part of Hollywood’s cultural landscape have been men. Well, that musical glass ceiling is about to crack!
Grand Performances teams up with the Alliance for Women Film Composers to celebrate the music of women composers in film, television, video games and interactive media. A 55-piece orchestra will be joined by some of the industry’s most prolific songwriters and performers. Scheduled to appear include:
Eight-time Academy Award nominated songwriter Diane Warren (“Because You Loved Me,” “How Do I Live”) will perform her 2016 Oscar, Grammy and Emmy nominated song “Til It Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground.
Grammy Award-winning R&B musician/producer/composer Raphael Saadiq
America’s Got Talent contestant, beatboxer/singer/pianist Butterscotch
Composer and vocalist Kathryn Bostic (Dear White People)
Violinist / vocalist / composer Lili Haydn (Anita)
More performers to be announced