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Film Music Gala: Animations

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Special guests: John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams, Heitor Pereira, Diego Navarro

FMF Young Talent Award

FMF Ambassador Award


Edyta Górniak — voice solo
Wioletta Chodowicz — soprano
Katarzyna Łaska — voice solo
Magdalena Wasylik — voice solo
Marcin Jajkiewicz — voice solo
Polish Radio Choir
Beethoven Academy Orchestra
Frank Strobel – conductor
Diego Navarro — conductor

On Saturday, join us for another Film Music Gala. This time, we’ll present soundtracks from animated films. The history of animation is longer than the history of film itself, and reaches back to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The first animated film recorded on film was produced in 1906 (Humorous Phases of Funny Faces), but the true growth of the genre came in the 1930s, along with the founding of Walt Disney’s studio and animation departments in such studios as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. When listing studios important for the history of animation, we can’t forget about Hanna-Barbera (Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear), PIXAR Animation Studios, founded by Steve Jobs (which produced the first feature-length computer-animated film, Toy Story, currently Disney · PIXAR), DreamWorks Pictures, or the Polish studios Se-Ma-For from Łódź (Oscar-winning Tango and Piotruś i Wilk, but also Miś Uszatek and Przygody Misia Colargola) and Studio Filmów Rysunkowych in Bielsko-Biała (Bolek i Lolek, Reksio).

Music plays a particularly important role in animated films. It not only accompanies the action, but also takes part in building it up, it creates the mood, builds up the characters, more often in a far more significant way than in feature films. Animation soundtracks – feature-length, short, as well as television and series – are often spectacular symphonic and vocal works created by the most outstanding composes, including Hans Zimmer (Madagascar, Prince of Egypt), Alan Silvestri (The Polar Express), Alexandre Desplat (Rise of the Guardians), Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Tangled) and many more. Music for animated films is recorded by the best orchestra and leading soloists of the classical, musical and pop scene.

We invited giants of animation music to Krakow for the Film Music Gala: Animations, and they have accepted: John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Kung Fu Panda) and Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia, Arthur Christmas). Both composers were once members of Hans Zimmer’s prestigious Remote Control Productions and often work together, which has given us the soundtracks for such films as Shrek, Chicken Run and Antz. The music from all three films will be heard during the concert. We will also hear suites for both parts of DreamWorks Pictures’ hit How to Train Your Dragon and Ice Age: The Meltdown. Harry Gregson-Williams will bring to Krakow suites from such films as Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas and Arthur Christmas.

Kraków will also see the premiere performance of a suit of music composed by the long-time friend of the Festival, Diego Navarro, to Paramount Pictures’ Capture the Flag, the Polish premiere of which is planned for the 29th of January 2016. Navarro was assisted on composing the soundtrack for Capture the Flag by two winners of the FMF Young Talent Contest, Jan Sanejko and Matthijs Kieboom.

Additionally, during the concert, we will hear many memorable animated film soundtracks, both those that move adults and children equally, such as The Lion King and the newest ones, like Ratatouille or Rise of the Guardians that arouse enthusiasm along the youngest viewers.

The complete programme and more guests of the Film Music Gala: Animations will be announced in the coming months on air at RMF Classic.

John Powell — How to Train Your Dragon Suite

John Powell —Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (Suite)

Harry Gregson-Williams — Shrek Suite (world premier)

Harry Gregson-Williams — Arthur’s Christmas Suite (world premier)

Harry Gregson-Williams — Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Suite (world premier)

Harry Gregson-Williams — “Shrek Dinner Waltz” from Shrek 2 (world premier)

Heitor Pereira — The Smurfs Suite (world premier)

Heitor Pereira — Angry Birds The Movie Suite (world premier)

Heitor Pereira — Suite with music from Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Minions (world premier)

Diego Navarro — Capture The Flag Suite (world premier)

Alexandre Desplat — “Still Dream” from Rise of The Guardians

Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz — “Colors of The Wind” from Pocahontas

Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Emanuel Kiriakou — “Let It Go” from Frozen

Stephen Flaherty — “Once Upon a December” from Anastasia

Stephen Schwartz — “When You Believe” from Prince of Egypt

Alan Menken, Howard Ashman —“Beauty and The Beast” from Beauty and The Beast

Edyta Górniak
Edyta Górniak
Polish Radio Choir
Polish Radio Choir
Beethoven Academy Orchestra
Beethoven Academy Orchestra
Frank Strobel
Frank Strobel