Film composer Aaron Zigman premieres his original concert work, entitled ‘Vis Vitae,’ at the Third Annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival. The festival offers young musicians the opportunity to study with and hear performances by world-renowned musicians.
Featured during the weeklong concert series will be “Voices of Hollywood” on August 11th at 8 pm, at which works by notable film composers including Zigman, John Williams, Andre Previn and the late Erich W. Korngold will be performed. The concert is at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, locatedat 505 North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Tickets can be purchased for $25.00 by calling 310.779.7622 or emailing [email protected].
Zigman has three films opening in theaters in the next three months. The musically charged dance film ‘Step Up’ opens August 11th, ‘10th and Wolf,’ the gangster themed film starring Giovanni Ribisi, James Marsden, and Brad Renfro, opens on August 18th, and the family western ‘Flicka,’ starring country music star Tim McGraw and Alison Lohman, opens October 20th.
Zigman’s strong classical background allows him to successfully work in several different musical areas, from popular music to film scores to orchestral concert works. He began his musical career as a producer and arranger for popular music stars including Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner, Carly Simon, Christina Aguilera and Seal. His numerous symphonic pieces include a 35 minute-long tone poem divided into five
movements, written as a tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin, and “Impressions,” a suite for a wind ensemble.
Zigman began to work in film as the arranger and orchestrater for feature films such as ‘Mulan,’ ‘The Birdcage,’ ‘Licensed to Kill’ and ‘Pocahontas.’ He first feature film score was ‘John Q.,’ starring Denzel Washington and directed by Nick Cassavetes, whom he soon collaborated with again on the box-office hit ‘The Notebook.’ His recent film credits include scores for ‘ATL,’ ‘Take the Lead,’ the music-intensive dance drama starring Antonio Banderas, and ‘Akeelah and the Bee,’ the critically-acclaimed film with Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.