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Film music legend to take Shanghai by storm

ONE of the international legends of film music is heading to China and even though he has left his first visit until he is 81 years of age, Ennio Morricone is as excited about it as a teenager.

Academy award-winning maestro Morricone is looking forward to his upcoming China tour, appearing first at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, followed by a concert at the Shanghai Grand Stage.

The Italian musician has composed and arranged scores for more than 500 films and television shows during a career that has spanned more than half century.

Many of his soundtracks have become classics. The program for his Shanghai concert in Shanghai includes excerpts from many familiar movies - "Once Upon a Time in America," "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion," "The Good the Bad and the Ugly," "Once Upon a Time in the West," "A Fistful of Dynamite," "Cinema Paradiso," "The Legend of 1900," "The Clan of the Sicilians," "A Fistful of Dollars," "Battle of Algiers," "Queimada," "Love Circle" and "Days of Heaven."

Born in Rome, Morricone was the son of Mario Morricone, a jazz trumpeter. Well-versed in a variety of musical styles, classical, jazz, pop, rock, electronic and Italian folk music, Morricone began composing film scores in the early 60s.

He has won five BAFTA Anthony Asquith Awards for film music from 1979 to 1992. And he has been nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Music, and Original Score. He received an Honorary Academy Award in 2007 "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music." He was just the second composer to receive this award after its introduction.

All over the world Morricone has picked up 42 different major awards over the years for his music.

Morricone has conducted more than 1,000 concerts throughout the world, working with some of the leading international orchestras like the Santa Cecilia Symphony Orchestra in Rome and the London Symphony Orchestra.

This will be the first time Morricone has visited China and for him it is a chance to explore a land of mystery.

The visit will give thousands of the fans of his music and his films a chance to see their idol and appreciate his music live.

And most will be whistling or humming their favorite Morricone melodies for days afterwards.

Date: May 23, 8pm

Venue: Shanghai Grand Stage, 1111 Caoxi Rd N.

Tickets: 200-1,600 yuan

Tel: 400-707-9999, 6481-2938


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