ENNIO MORRICONE - THE OFFICIAL
THE MORRICONE FAMILY AND GEALIVE ANNOUNCE ARENA CONCERT TOUR, PAYING HOMMAGE TO THE LATE MAESTRO
ENNIO MORRICONE – THE OFFICIAL CONCERT CELEBRATION, will be a unique, large scale arena production, curated by Ennio Morricone and conducted by his son, Andrea Morricone. The program will include iconic film scenes and never before seen footage of the Maestro and some of his illustrious collaborators.
In 2022 Morricone's hits will be performed in Budapest as well.
Date: December 18th, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Venue: Budapest Papp Laszlo Sports Arena, 1143 Budapest, Stefánia út 2.
Today, on the late Maestro’s Birthday, the time has come to celebrate the world’s greatest film composer with a new concert experience. Directly following his retirement from the stage in 2019, Ennio Morricone began working on a concert production that was to succeed him. By mid 2020, the Maestro had finished curating the blueprint for a new production. The production will include iconic scenes from the greatest classic films, effect lighting and with the Maestro’s long-time soloists to be featured on stage alongside a symphony orchestra and choir, under the baton of his son Andrea Morricone. On July 6th 2020, Ennio Morricone passed at age 91.
In 2022, Ennio Morricone – The Official Concert Celebration, will see its first major tour, visiting numerous cities in Europe and well beyond. The programme will also pay homage to the Maestro, with never before seen footage of the legend at work, including interview outtakes.
Ennio Morricone has composed over 500 scores for cinema and television as well as over 100 absolute music works. Highlights, which will also be included in the new program, are his scores for Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a time in America, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, The Untouchables and The Mission.
Between 2014 and 2019 he performed 111 concerts in Europe alone for audiences totalling more than 800,000 spectators, resulting in a combined box office gross exceeding 80 million euro.
Discussing the new show, Andrea Morricone said: “This is bound to be a bittersweet experience: I of course miss my father greatly, but to be able honor him by conducting a full symphony orchestra and choir playing his phenomenal music will be a great and deeply emotional experience and I hugely look forward to celebrating him with his fans around the World”
Floris Douwes, producer for GEALive adds: “It was a life-defining experience to be touring with Ennio for nearly 7 years and a blessing that we were able to create this new production with him by life in the knowledge that we would be staging a concert that had his full blessings. Fans so often asked for a concert with film clips. We will now honor that request in a way that is respectful of the Maestro’s artistic legacy.”
Maestro Andrea Morricone will personally conduct the concerts. The concert in Budapest will be performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by a choir of over 50 singers.
...music is intangible, it has no form, it is like a dream: it only exists if it is performed, taking shape in the mind of the listener.
- Ennio Morricone
The concert is organized by the Green Stage Production in association with the Multimedia Organisation, with the motto:
"We can calculate the ecological footprint of the given events from the data of the energy uses necessary for the protection of our Earth and therefore our conscious goal that all the concerts and performances we organize we can plant as many trees in Hungary as possible for balancing this ecological footprint."
Notes to Editors:
About Andrea Morricone, Conductor
Over many years, Andrea Morricone has become well known for his work in both the conducting and composition fields. His compositions span all genres from film scores to classical-contemporary and crossover songs. Amongst his many compositions his most famous perhaps is “The Love Theme” from Cinema Paradiso, on which he collaborated together with his father and for which they won a BAFTA Award.
Some of his most recent famous work includes the 2015 World Expo Theme “La Forza Del Sorriso” sung by Andrea Bocelli. A very special performance took place in January of 2020 at the Senate and Culture meeting in Italy, where Andrea conducted the music of Cinema Paradiso in front of his father, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.
About GEA Live, Producer
Alongside partners Ton Olgers and Julia Krylova, Floris Douwes heads up GEALive, a company that designs, produces and delivers creative live entertainment projects of all sizes. Recent and current projects include the world arena tours for the late legendary film composer Ennio Morricone, a collaboration with Graceland on Elvis Live on Screen with Symphony Orchestra and hosted by Priscilla Presley, a career retrospective tour of Hollywood composer James Newton Howard and the first ever live tour of the multi-Oscar and Grammy Award®-winning pioneer of dance music, Giorgio Moroder.
About the Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Over the past 28 years, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra has grown to become one of the leading Czech ensembles, and currently ranks among the most highly sought-after orchestras in Europe. Its glowing reputation can be attributed to the members’ versatility to perform a wide range of genres spanning classical, film music, jazz as well as musicals.
Notable conductors, composers and directors who have collaborated with the orchestra include Lalo Schifrin, Pino Donnagio, Giuliano Taviani, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Quentin Tarantino, Vince Mendoza, Giuseppe Tornatore, Carl Davis, Steven Mercurio, Marcello Rota, Vladimir Cosma, Christian Lindberg and Chick Corea. Special attention has to go to the longstanding collaboration with the legendary, and recently deceased, Ennio Morricone, including studio recordings as well as a series of concerts as part of a great many European tours.