Bach by Beltrami at The Soraya

The Soraya Presents Bach by Beltrami.
The Soraya Presents Bach by Beltrami.

The Soraya Presents Bach by Beltrami on Thursday, March 3 at 8PM.

Two-time Academy Award nominee, composer Marco Beltrami—known for his musical scores for The Hurt Locker, A Quiet Place, and Wes Craven’s four Scream films—defies his childhood music teacher’s warning not to mess with Bach’s Preludes.  With his latest project, Bach by Beltrami , he deconstructs and reimagines Bach’s most sacred works, with the help of firebrand violinist Sandy Cameron, Lucia Micarelli, cellist Eric Byers, and L.A.’s own Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra. Delirium Musicum is headed by Etienne Gara, The Soraya’s Artist-in-Residence.,

What:

The Soraya Presents Bach by Beltrami 

Composer Marco Beltrami reimagines 

Bach’s Preludes

Featuring Delirium Musicum, violinists Sandy Cameron and

Lucia Micarelli, cellist Eric Byers, and soprano Holly Sedillos 

When:

Thursday, March 3 at 8PM

Where: 

The Soraya is located at 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330 

Tickets: 

Tickets for Bach by Beltrami start at $41 and are available at www.thesoraya.org and by calling 818-677-3000.

About Bach by Beltrami

Bach by Beltrami is a collection of material consisting of reimagined and transformed versions of the legendary Bach Preludes.

“I can think of no better way for me as a composer to fight against the anti-intellectualism climate, than to pay homage to Bach, the master.  His music contains the musical seeds of the human condition.  He transcends pain and suffering and oppression by offering freedom of thought.  Many people are unaware of Bach because he has been stuffed into a rigidly labeled box which one is supposed go open without proper training.   The purpose of this project is to take Bach out of this box and reveal side to him that have remained obscured from public view.  To clearly show his relevance and the variety of emotional content that he endured and transcribed, and which has resonated sympathetically with me.  I have interpreted Bach’s map with my own emotional compass.”  

Composer Beltrami continued, “I often ask myself why this project seems so vital to complete now.  I’m inspired by the opportunity to remove the barriers caused by labels and listening habits.  Popular trends in music do not dictate quality, and conversely traditional patterns should not dictate accessibility.  When Bach composed The Well-Tempered Clavier some 300 years ago, the music was no longer fashionable.  Counterpoint was replaced by the light stirring of the classical style.  Bach knew the importance of his work and remained undeterred.  Thank goodness, as it has influenced all of western music since, from Mozart to contemporary Jazz.”  

About Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami is a two-time Oscar nominated composer. He has collaborated with many iconic film directors including Kathryn Bigelow, James Mangold, Bong Joon-ho, Angelina Jolie, Robert Rodriguez, Luc Besson, Guillermo Del Toro, Wes Craven, Alex Proyas, Jonathan Mostow, Roland Joffé, Jodie Foster, David E. Kelley and Tommy Lee Jones. 

The composer established an early reputation as a genre innovator with his non-traditional horror scores for the Scream franchise. Beltrami’s musical palette has since expanded to virtually all film genres. Beltrami has received accolades for his music including two Academy Award nominations for Best Score: 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, and for Best Picture winner The Hurt Locker, starring Jeremy Renner, co-scored with frequent collaborator Buck Sanders. In 2011 Beltrami won a Golden Satellite Award (Best Film Score of the Year) for Soul Surfer. Beltrami scored the Marvel film Logan, directed by James Mangold, and Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, First They Killed My Father. He also wrote the theme for the hit video game Fortnite. Beltrami scored the critically acclaimed box-office hit A Quiet Place, which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Score and shortlisted for Best Score for the Oscars. Beltrami won an Emmy for National Geographic’s 2019 Oscar winning documentaryFree Solo, (with co-composer Brandon Roberts) for Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary, Series or Special. 

He has lent his voice to such unique hit films as Live Free or Die Hard, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and I, Robot. His other scores include The Homesman directed by Tommy Lee Jones, the zombie comedy Warm Bodies directed by Jonathan Levine, the final installment of the Bruce Willis action series A Good Day To Die Hard, Snowpiercerstarring Chris Evans and directed by Bong Joonho, the Brad Pitt action thriller World War Z, James Mangold’s The Wolverine, and The Night Beforealso directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Seth Rogan and Joseph Gordon Levitt. 

Beltrami scored James Mangold’s Ford v. Ferrari (20th Century Studios) with Buck Sanders, for which they were shortlisted for Best Score for the 2020 Oscars, with the film going on to receive four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Other recent projects include Guillermo Del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access, the Lionsgate comedy Long Shotstarring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, the Zac Efron starrer Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Vile, and Evil and the Paramount Pictures adventure comedy Love and Monsters.  Recent releases for Beltrami include the Paramount Pictures’ horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II, Netflix’s horror film Fear Street, Sony Pictures action horror sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and the Lionsgate sci-fi feature Chaos Walkingstarring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. 

Upon completing his undergraduate studies at Brown University, Beltrami entered the Yale School of Music on a scholarship. His pursuit of music composition then led him to Venice, Italy for a period of study with the Italian master Luigi Nono, and then to Los Angeles for a fellowship with Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith. 

About Bach by Beltrami Artists

Danny Elfman wrote his Violin concerto for Sandy Cameron; she performed the world premiere with conductor John Mauceri at the Prague Proms in June 2017 and its Los Angeles premiere at The Soraya with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra by Thomas Sondergard.  Other special performances for Cirque du Soleil, Tan Dun’s Martial Arts Trilogy, and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton.  She has performed extensively as a soloist throughout the world The White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Adelaide Festival of the Arts in Australia and at Kennedy Center, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and the Sydney Opera House. 

Lucia Micarelli toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as a featured violinist and concertmaster, been a featured soloist in two of Josh Groban’s world tours, toured extensively with Chris Botti and was featured in his “Live from Boston” PBS special, and was featured in Barbra Streisand’s 2013 international tour. She also released two solo studio albums, “Music from A Farther Room” and “Interlude”.  In 2009, Lucia broadening her career further when she was cast in the starring role of Annie in HBO’s critically acclaimed series, Treme, created by David Simon and Eric Overmeyer, which ran for four seasons and won a Peabody Award as well as a Primetime Emmy Award.  

Cellist Eric Byers debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a last-minute substitution. The LA Times said his performance of the third movement of B.A. Zimmerman’s Cello Concerto was “rapturously played.” His solo repertoire spans J.S. Bach to Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Adès, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Peter Eötvös. Byers performed Kaija Saariaho’s Sept Papillon for solo cello with ‘ethereal wonder’ (LA Times) at Disney Hall. His performance of Adès’ Lieux retrouvés with pianist Gloria Cheng was described as ‘magnificent’ and ‘masterful’ (Culture Spot LA).  As a founding member of the Calder Quartet, Byers has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne Festival, Ojai Festival, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, Mozarteum, Esterházy Palace, and the Sydney Opera House. 

Soprano Holly Sedillos 2017 stage highlights: Anaïs Nin in Anais: A Dance Opera at L’Off Theater Festival in Avignon, France, (Cindy Shapiro, composer), Yoruban wailing solos with The Los Angeles Master Chorale in Calixto Alvarez’s Osun Requiem, soloing in the west coast premiere of Dylan Mattingly’s The Bakkai with Jacaranda Music (part of LA Phil’s Noon-Midnight), Coachella with Hans Zimmer, and bounding across The Hollywood Bowl stage in a plush tiger costume during Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Richard Kraft. She sang under John Williams’s baton for Star Wars: The Last Jedi; solos for Jeff Russo’s theme to Altered Carbon and Austin Wintory’s Deformers score, featured vocals in a Joey Newman song for ABC’s The Middle and for two Chris Lennertz film scores (Smurfs: The Lost Village and El Camino Christmas), and her first exposed solos in a theatrical release in Mychael Danna’s score for The Man Who Invented Christmas. Consuelo in John Adams’s I Was Looking at the Ceiling and the I Saw the Sky, with Long Beach Opera at the Ford Amphitheater;  soprano solos in Handel’s Messiah with LAMC, Zappa’s 200 Motels with the LA Phil.

About Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)

The 2021-22 Season marks the 10th Anniversary for the celebrated Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) located on the vibrant and diverse campus of California State University in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. 

Under the leadership of Executive and Artistic Director Thor Steingraber, The Soraya continues its vigorous commitment to innovating, exceling, and amplifying access by offering a wide variety of performances that reflect LA’s many distinctive communities and featuring new and original work from the Los Angeles region as well as artists from around the world.  In 2020, The Soraya’s online programs garnered attention from around the globe and from media such as The New York Times.   

In addition to its LEED Gold certified venue—a rarity among performing arts centers—the 1700-seat Soraya has been nationally recognized for its environmentally sustainable practices and programs. 

After enduring a year without live performances, the 2021-22 season will offer a joy-filled reunion featuring a vibrant program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family, and international events that will further establish The Soraya as one of the top arts companies in Southern California that uplifts and inspires its audiences.