Narnia Scores

Harry Gregson-Williams chronicles his music from a bewitching fantasy flick.

Today is a big day for composer Harry Gregson-Williams. For one thing, he wrote the incidental music for Shrek the Third, which debuts nationwide. And this evening, he'll conduct the world premiere of his "Grand Orchestral Suite" from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as part of a Colorado Symphony Orchestra program devoted to him and cinematic peer Danny Elfman.

These music-makers took very different paths to movie-land notoriety: Gregson-Williams was a child-prodigy vocalist whose career as an adult took off after being taken under the wing of Oscar winner Hans Zimmer; Elfman made his name fronting Oingo Boingo, a new-wave combo, before becoming director Tim Burton's go-to guy. Now, however, both men are in-demand soundtrackers with impressive credits. Gregson-Williams has worked on everything from Chicken Run to Man on Fire; Elfman is responsible for original tuneage in Beetlejuice and other offerings the CSO plans to salute.

As for Gregson-Williams, he'll be able to hear the audience's reaction in person. Talk about a happy ending.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; there's a second performance at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $15 to $67.50. Get details at www.coloradosymphony.org or 303-623-7876.
Fri., May 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 19, 2:30 p.m.

 
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