The Television Academy announced it will present “SCORE!, A Concert Celebrating Music Composed for Television,” on May 21 at 8 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The event will be hosted by music author, writer and professor Jon Burlingame. The program will feature original scores from over 50 television series both past and present. The evening will also honor 15-time Emmy-nominated composer Mark Snow, known for The X-Files and Millennium, with a career achievement award presented by the Television Academy’s music peer group.
“It’s said we are in the second golden age of television. But I think this is the platinum age and music is its emotional beating heart,” said Michael Levine, Television Academy music peer group governor and one of the executive producers of SCORE!. “There has never been such a confluence of so many great programs – and great scores – in the history of our medium. This concert showcases a small sampling of this outstanding work.”
SCORE! will feature a full, 67-piece orchestra, the 40 voice L.A. Chorus directed by Steve Lively, and iconic television themes conducted by the composers who wrote them. Featured composers will include Jeff Beal, House of Cards; Sean Callery, 24, Homeland and Elementary; Alf Clausen, The Simpsons; Ramin Djawadi, Game of Thrones; James S. Levine, American Horror Story and Glee; John Lunn, Downton Abbey; Bear McCreary, Da Vinci’s Demons, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Walking Dead; Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, Nurse Jackie, Touch and Heroes; Trevor Morris, Vikings, The Borgias and The Tudors; Walter Murphy, Family Guy; Mark Snow, Millennium and The X-Files.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is supporting SCORE! as the event’s exclusive performing rights organization sponsor. The Guild of Music Supervisors is also working with the music branch of the Television Academy to support SCORE! and emphasize the important contribution of music in television storytelling. Additional support is provided by Varese Sarabande, Cinesamples, Gorfaine/Schwartz, First Artist Management, and Society of Composers and Lyricists.
SCORE! is executive produced by Michael A. Levine, six-time Emmy award-winning composer Mark Watters, and composer/producer Lucas Cantor, with Spike Jones, Jr. to produce and direct the evening.