From Score to Concert: Behind the Scenes
Epilogue Media: Alex Levy, Mae Crosby
Richard Kaufman (conductor) – Jeff Kryka (Orchestrator)
Wednesday February 7, 2018
Evergreen Scoring Stage, Burbank CA
Concert performances of orchestral film scores have become tremendously popular in the last few years. Alex Levy and Mae Crosby of Epilogue Media will be discussing the extensive preparation process that occurs behind the scenes of this exciting new genre. Their team has developed many standard practices in use, including the development of an iPad application that allows the conductor to run rehearsal directly from the podium. They were responsible for preparing and performing the first-ever live concert premiere of Star Trek Beyond in IMAX at San Diego Comic Con. Epilogue Media is currently responsible for the global tour of Star Wars in Concert.
Several technical challenges arise when adapting a film score to live concert. The last minute capabilities of modern post production can result in the original score having sections cut, combined, or altered in tempo and dynamics. Non-standard instruments, odd-number ensembles and electronic elements present additional challenges to a symphony orchestra. Preserving the original intent of the composer becomes a delicate process, requiring close collaboration between composers, orchestrators, and the music production team. Join us as we “pull back the curtain” on the preparation process of this new and rapidly growing art form.
Meet & Greet: 7 pm • Program: 7:30 pm
SCL Members – $5
FREE for ASMAC members
The Evergreen Stage
4403 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank CA 91505
The Parking lot is behind the building.
Alex Levy is a technologist, sound nerd and music enthusiast. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, he migrated to Los Angeles to pursue a degree in Recording Arts from Loyola Marymount University. His interest in film sound landed him in the thick of Hollywood, working as an engineer and music editor since 2004. His professional credits include The Incredibles, LOST, Star Trek, Super 8, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Jurassic World. He founded Epilogue Media in 2012 to formalize a number of live film concert projects, starting with Pirates of the Caribbean and Home Alone. He continues to work across several formats including film, television, video games, and live concerts.
Hailing from the serene Appalachians of West Virginia, Mae Crosby traveled east and completed her undergraduate studies in music and audio technology at American University in Washington, D.C. In addition to a background in corporate law, she earned her musical chops as a professional oboist, working with touring Broadway shows, The Louisville Orchestra, and as a session musician on Family Guy and other productions in Los Angeles. She obtained an MFA in Music Composition for the Screen at Columbia College Chicago and started her industry work in Los Angeles in music preparation at Walt Disney Studios. In that music preparation capacity she has worked on over 200 film and television projects, including the 2016 and 2017 Academy Awards. In 2015, she transitioned from performance and music preparation to technology and engineering at Epilogue Media, where she combined her orchestral and corporate experience into Music Operations. She functions in business, technical, and musical capacity to work with engineers and musicians in recording, post production and film concert series.
Los Angeles-based composer Jeff Kryka has been awarded by Turner Classic Movies, ASCAP, the RMA L.A., and the Henry Mancini Foundation. As both a composer and orchestrator, his work has been featured in major motion pictures, hit TV-shows, best-selling video games, and heard in concert halls across the globe.
Jeff studied music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with composers Stephen Dembski and Laura Schwendinger and at the University of California-Los Angeles with composers Paul Chihara and Roger Bourland. He received his PhD in 2011. At UCLA he also studied film music with composers Charles Fox, Laura Karpman, and orchestration with Bruce Broughton. He is currently on the faculty at both UCLA and the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He has served as an assistant and orchestrator for composers Michael Giacchino, Paul Chihara, Chris Tilton, and Laura Karpman. Recent projects include films: Coco, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes, Doctor Strange, Star Trek Beyond, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Zootopia, Tomorrowland, Jupiter Ascending, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Star Trek Into Darkness; TV-series: Zoo, Alcatraz, and Fringe; and video games: Assassin’s Creed Unity, SimCity, and Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom.
Recordings of Jeff’s arrangements of music by J.S. Bach for string orchestra and solo violin, featuring violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and the English Chamber Orchestra, are available on eOne Records. For more information, and to listen to samples of Jeff’s music, visit www.jeffkrykamusic.com
Richard Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, as well as performing film and classical music in concert halls and on recordings. He is in his twelfth season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert series, CSO at the Movies. e 2017–18 season marks Kaufman’s twenty-seventh as principal pops conductor of the Pacific Symphony, and he holds the permanent title of pops conductor laureate with the Dallas Symphony. In May 2015, Kaufman made his conducting debut with the Boston Pops, substituting for John Williams at the Annual Pops Film Night. Last summer, Williams graciously invited him to share the podium at the annual Film Night at Tanglewood. Also last summer, Kaufman conducted a live performance of Michael Giacchino’s score to Star Trek Beyond with the San Diego Symphony accompanying the lm in its gala world premiere. It was the first time a lm was presented outdoors in IMAX.
Kaufman regularly appears as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and around the world, including Cleveland, St. Louis, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin, Indianapolis, San Diego, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In addition to traditional concert presentations, he often conducts complete film scores in concert, synchronizing the music as the film is shown above the orchestra. These include Amadeus, Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Psycho, Casablanca, Vertigo, E.T., Jurassic Park, The Bride of Frankenstein, Pirates of the Caribbean I and II, Silverado, On the Waterfront, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Star Trek 2009, Star Trek Beyond, Home Alone, Harry Potter, and soon Star Wars (various episodes). Richard also conduct the scores to various silent films.
Kaufman received the 1993 Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category. He has recorded with the London Symphony, Nuremberg Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, and the Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin.
He also has conducted for numerous performers including John Denver, Andy Williams, Nanette Fabray, Amy Grant, the Beach Boys, Chicago, Chris Botti, Arturo Sandoval, and many others.
As a studio violinist, Kaufman performed on numerous film and television scores including Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and (in a moment of desperation) Animal House. He has recorded and performed in concert with artists including John Denver, Burt Bacharach, the Carpenters, Ray Charles, and Frank Sinatra.
Richard Kaufman served as Music Associate to Lionel Newman at 20th Century Fox before joining the music department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in 1984 as Music Coordinator. For eighteen years, Richard supervised music at MGM, during which he received two Emmy Award nominations. As a unique part of his career, Kaufman has coached various actors in musical roles, including Jack Nicholson, Dudley Moore, and Tom Hanks.
In 2012, Kaufman received the Distinguished Alumni Award from California State University– Northridge (CSUN), where, as a student, he composed the University’s Alma Mater and Fight song. He is a member of the Music Advisory Board of the Young Musicians Foundation.
Born in Los Angeles, Richard Kaufman began violin studies at the age of seven, played in the Peter Meremblum California Junior Symphony, was a member of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, attended the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood in the fellowship program and earned a degree in music from CSUN. His wife, Gayle, is a former dancer/actress in film, television, and on Broadway.
Richard Kaufman is proud to be represented by Opus 3 Artists.