Ennio Morricone performing with 200 member orchestra in NYC and LA in 2014 (dates)
by Bill Pearis
While best known for his work with Sergio Leone -- specifically the iconic, whistle-heavy theme for classic spaghetti western The Good, The Bad & the Ugly -- Ennio Morricone is one of the most prolific and influential soundtrack composers of the last 50 years and remains busy today. He's done it all, too, with distinctive, innovative work in horror (Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, John Carpenter's The Thing) to big-budget Hollywood films (The Untouchables, The Mission) and everything in between. (In 1968 he composed scores for 38 films!) He's also highly influential in the "pop" world -- trip hop probably wouldn't have happened without him, and you can hear his touch in everything from Black Sabbath to The Pixies to The High Llamas to The Wu-Tang Clan.
Ennio Morricone, who made his US debut in 2007 at Radio City Music Hall, is staging two U.S. performances in 2014 -- NYC and LA -- with a 200 member orchestra and choir where they'll perform his most celebrated work, all with the maestro at the conductor's podium. The NYC show happens at Barclays Center on March 23. Tickets for the concert go on sale Friday (10/25) at 10 AM with an AmEx and internet presale beginning Wednesday (10/23) at 10 AM.
The Los Angeles show happens at the Nokia Theater on March 20 and will be his first-ever West Coast performance. Check out some of Morricone's work below...