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MOSMA Festival Day 1&2 recap‏

Day 1 (June 29, 2016) of the first MOSMA was dedicated to the life and music of renowned composer Michael Kamen, who passed away in 2003.  The day began with a press conference featuring his widow, Sandra Kamen, composer/journalist and Kamen Estate advisor Dirk Wickenden, and Festival Director Juan Antonio Vigar speaking about Michael’s musical legacy and his continued contributions to music through the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation which gifts musical instruments to underfunded schools in all 50 states.

“He dreamt in music,” said Sandra Kamen.

Later that evening at the Teatro Cervantes, the Orchestra of Málaga, under the direction of Pablo Urbina, played many of the composers beloved themes, including music from ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, DON JUAN DEMARCO, 101 DALMATIONS, DIE HARD, LICENSE TO KILL, MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS and the debut performance of a suite from BARON MUNCHAUSEN.  LAST NAME presented Mrs. Kamen with a MOSMA award for the legacy of Mr. Kamen.  The concert concluded with a performance of BAND OF BROTHERS.


Day 2 (June 30) began with a closed press conference with Japanese composer Kenji Kawai (RANMA, RINGU).  The public portion began later that afternoon with a conversation with American composer Sean Callery (THE KENNEDYS, ELEMENTARY).  Sean explained how he incorporated the tic-tic-tick of the clock in 24, the use of jazz in his more recent scores for HOMELAND and JESSICA JONES, and how the music of BONES has developed through its 11 seasons.

Later that evening attendees were treated to a special performance of Callery’s music, featuring a chamber ensemble, combined with a rock band, with Callery performing on piano and keyboards.  Guests in attendance included featured composers and festival guests Kenji Kawai, Pino Donaggio, and Federico Jusid.  The emotional encore featured Callery performing on piano and singing a song he wrote and performed at his wedding, dedicated to his wife, who was in the audience.  Callery was presented with a MOSMA award for his work in television by Juan Antonio Vigar.

The festival continues tonight with a performance of golden age film music and a gala presentation of the Jerry Goldsmith and Goldspirit Awards.  The schedule for Saturday includes talks with and performances of music by festival guests Craig Armstrong, Roque Baños, Pino Donaggio, Federico Jusid, Kenji Kawaii, Jan AP Kaczmarek, and Daniel Pemberton.  The festival concludes on Sunday with an autograph signing and the fraternal lunch with the festival guests and attendees.

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