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Clip: Ennio Morricone’s Birthday Bonanza Begins

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  • Carl Z.
    Ennio Morricone s Birthday Bonanza Begins Celine Dion records a
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 11, 2006

      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
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