A Legendary First: Morricone's LA Debut Performance

The movie music master will conduct in LA come spring.

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013  |  Updated 12:24 PM PDT
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A Legendary First: Morricone's LA Debut Performance

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The first Los Angeles performance from movie music maestro Ennio Morricone is set for the Nokia Theatre on March 20. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 25. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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The first people to stand and raise their hands and claim that LA can be a mite, well, LA-centric are probably Angelenos themselves.

It can be a little easy to believe that every tale and every twist can start here, the HQ for dream-making. And it can be hard to believe that not every dream-maker has been a part of the local scene for years.

Calling Ennio Morricone merely a "dream-maker" seems light praise, though, given the fact that the composer not only created loads of film scores but an entire film sound that's been often copied, homaged, and repeated. The songs of the Sergio Leone westerns spring to mind, but so do the 450+ plus films he worked on.

Let's name a few: "A Fistful of Dollars," "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," and "Cinema Paradiso." Top-shelf celluloid icons, all.

Thus it is big news for score aficionados and movie mavens when someone who has been making dreams for over a half century finally makes his Los Angeles debut. And Maestro Morricone is set to do just that, on Thursday, March 20 at the Nokia Theatre.

It is, in fact, the cinema legend's first LA performance.

The Rome-born composer, who turns 85 next month, will conduct over 200 musicians and singers during his Southern California bow. Bet you'll hear some of the classic Western-cool refrains that have become much associated with his singular style. 

A style that's influenced both makers of music -- he's been composing since the 1940s -- and makers of movies. The feel and zingness of a Morricone piece can be sensed in works by Spielberg, Tarantino, and pretty much any director who has placed an actor in a saddle since the 1960s.

Tickets go on sale for the one-night-only performance on Friday, Oct. 25 and start at $45.

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