The Colorado Symphony's celebration of superheroes, sci-fi soundtracks and video-game scores is making a hero of composer Austin Wintory, a Denver native whose music for the PlayStation 3 game Journey has the distinction of being the first-ever Grammy-nominated video-game score.
"I don't know which is the greater honor: to have my music performed by the Colorado Symphony – nothing short of the fulfillment of a lifelong dream – or to actually be conducting the symphony as they play my music, or to have helped make some of the other selections for the program," Wintory says. "I'm nerding out on every front." Some of the things he’s most excited about are the obscure nods to Comic Con fandom, like a reworked version of Danny Elfman's theme for Batman: The Animated Series – which has never been performed live -- and Garry Schyman's score for the BioShock Infinite video game.
As part of The Hero's Journey: A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con, Wintory will be guest-conducting "The Apotheosis," a nine-minute segment from his Journey score, and he helped curate selections from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Hobbit and Star Trek, among others. Cosplay is encouraged at the performance – representatives from Denver Comic Con, Girls of Geek 12 and Umbrella Corp. Denver will make sure you're not the only caped crusader – and DeVotchKa frontman Nick Urata will play the theremin for added effect.
The journey takes flight at 7:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; tickets start at $25 at coloradosymphony.org.
Sat., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2013