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.