Ennio Morricone's Birthday Bonanza Begins
Celine Dion records a track of herself gargling cake in tribute
Today, November 10, is Ennio Morricone's 78th birthday, and to
celebrate, the excellent Italian film composer announced that next
year he will conduct a 200-piece orchestra and choir in the
performance of some of his most well-known works for his first U.S.
concert ever. The event will take place February 3 at New York City's
Radio City Music Hall. (Rumors have swirled that Morrissey may join
him at the concert.)
New York's Museum of Modern Art will join in the festivities with
screenings of six Morricone-scored films in its collection. Those
films are The Battle of Algiers, Once Upon a Time in the West, Two
Mules for Sister Sara, Once Upon a Time in America, The Mission, and U
Turn. MoMA will run them from February 1 to February 7.
Now for the bad and the ugly: the requisite Morricone tribute album,
which is scheduled for release in the spring and will feature
contributions from Bruce Springsteen, Metallica (who regularly open
shows with Morricone's "L'Estasi dell'Oro" from The Good, the Bad, and
the Ugly soundtrack), Yo-Yo Ma, the Simon Cowell-from-"American
Idol"-designed international "popera" group Il Divo, and Celine Dion.
Better yet, according to a press release, "Celine Dion's track was
produced by Quincy Jones, marking the first time the two artists have
worked together." Finally!
Posted by Dave Maher in tribute, tour, art, album on Fri: 11-10-06: 04:10 PM CST