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SCL in NY Screening of NINE With MAURY YESTON Q&A

Presented An exclusive SCL Member screening of The Weinstein Company film
Followed by a Q&A with composer/lyricist MAURY YESTON
Discussing his Academy Award-nominated music and lyrics
Moderated by SCL member/composer Chris Hajian

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010, 7:00pm

The screening and Q&A took place at:
The Screening Room, BRYANT PARK HOTEL
40 West 40th Street New York, NY 10018

MAURY YESTON, Academy Award nominee for this year’s Oscar (Best Original Song, NINE- THE MOVIE) is a composer/lyricist, author and teacher, and moves easily between the worlds of theater, film, and academia, writing concert music, hit Broadway shows, and holding posts as a respected musicologist at Ivy League universities.

In addition to winning his second Tony Award for Best Score for Broadway’s TITANIC (which won five Tonys including Best Musical), Yeston won a Tony Award and two Drama Desk Awards for his music and lyrics to Broadway’s NINE (based on Fellini’s 8 ½). That production won five additional Tonys, including Best Musical. The Broadway revival of NINE, starring Antonio Banderas, won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. Yeston’s contributions to the score for GRAND HOTEL won him a nomination for a Tony and two Drama Desk Awards, and recently the Donmar Warehouse London production of this show won the Olivier award. His score for PHANTOM has received national and international acclaim and is currently in production across America and Europe and Japan. The screen adaptation of NINE, directed by Rob Marshall was nominated for 10 Golden Globes and 4 Academy Awards. Recently on Broadway was Yeston’s incidental music to the hit revival of THE ROYAL FAMILY, directed by Doug Hughes. Headed soon for the stage are Yeston-penned musicals: DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY and HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, now being cast.

Twice nominated for a Grammy, Yeston’s lyrics and music cover a wide variety of styles, from his CELLO CONCERTO (premiered by Yo Yo Ma) to the album GOYA--A LIFE IN SONG, (featuring Placido Domingo and Gloria Estefan). TILL I LOVED YOU, from the GOYA album became a Top 40 hit for Barbra Streisand. Yeston was commissioned by Carnegie Hall to write the modern classical crossover DECEMBER SONGS for its centennial celebration. Commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, he composed AN AMERICAN CANTATA - 2000 Voices, a choral symphony in three movements for the National Symphony Orchestra and 2000 singers, conducted by Leonard Slatkin and premiered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in July of 2000. He is currently writing a full length ballet for the inauguration of the new Kansas City Opera House in 2011.

Yeston holds a PhD. from Yale University and BA and MA degrees from both Yale and Clare College, Cambridge University. He was Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Music Studies at Yale for eight years, and published two textbooks with Yale University Press. Currently he is Director of the BMI Music Theatre Workshop in New York City and a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild, and on the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Kleban Foundation and The Kurt Weill Foundation. He was named the 1997-1998 Kayden Visiting Artist at Harvard University, and recently received The Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center Creative Arts Award as Artist of The Year, and an Honorary Doctorate from Five Towns College.


THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL) is the non-profit and primary organization for professional film, TV and video game composers and lyricists, with a distinguished 65-year history in the fine art of creating music for motion pictures and television. The predecessor organization, the Screen Composers Association, began in 1945 with such legendary icons as Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Dimitri Tiomkin and David Raksin among others. Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film/television/game music industry today.


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