Skyfall in Concert
WEST AUSTRALIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Thursday 2 & Friday 3 February 2023, 7.30pm, Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Jessica Gethin | conductor
West Australian Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and Elders of Country throughout Western Australia, and the Whadjuk Noongar people on whose lands we work and share music.
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Skyfall in Concert
ALBERT R. BROCCOLI’S EON PRODUCTIONS Presents
DANIEL CRAIG as IAN FLEMING’S JAMES BOND in
Skyfall in Concert
JAVIER BARDEM | RALPH FIENNES | NAOMIE HARRIS | BÉRÉNICE MARLOHE
with ALBERT FINNEY and JUDI DENCH as “M”
Co-Producers ANDREW NOAKES and DAVID POPE
Music by THOMAS NEWMAN
Costume Designer JANY TEMIME
Editor STUART BAIRD, A.C.E.
Production Designer DENNIS GASSNER
Director of Photography ROGER DEAKINS, ASC BSC
Executive Producer CALLUM McDOUGALL
Written by NEAL PURVIS & ROBERT WADE and JOHN LOGAN
Produced by MICHAEL G. WILSON and BARBARA BROCCOLI
Directed by SAM MENDES
Featuring “SKYFALL” Performed by ADELE
Score Album on Sony Classical
Skyfall in Concert
SKYFALL LICENSED BY METRO GOLDWYN MAYER STUDIOS INC. SKYFALL © 2012 DANJAQ, LLC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. SKYFALL, 007 LOGO AND RELATED JAMES BOND INDICIA © 1962-2023 DANJAQ, LLC AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. SKYFALL, 007 LOGO AND RELATED JAMES BOND TRADEMARKS ARE TRADEMARKS OF DANJAQ, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
This performance will run for approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes including a 20 minute interval.
Tonight’s program is a presentation of the complete film Skyfall with a live performance of the film’s entire score, including music played by the orchestra during the end credits. Out of respect for the musicians and your fellow audience members, please remain seated until the conclusion of the credits.
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About the Composer
Thomas Newman is widely acclaimed as one of today’s most prominent composers for film. He has composed music for more than 80 motion pictures and television series and has earned fifteen Academy Award nominations, one Emmy Award and six Grammy Awards.
He is the youngest son of Alfred Newman (1900-1970), the longtime musical director of 20th Century Fox and the composer of scores for such films as Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Diary of Anne Frank and All About Eve. As a child, Thomas pursued basic music and piano studies. However, it was not until after his father’s death that the younger Newman, then age 14, felt charged with the desire to write. He later studied composition and orchestration at USC with Professor Frederick Lesemann and noted film composer David Raksin, and privately with composer George Tremblay. He completed his academic work at Yale University, studying with Jacob Druckman, Bruce MacCombie and Robert Moore. Newman also gratefully acknowledges the early influence of another prominent musician, the legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, who served as a great mentor and champion.
A turning point in Newman’s career took place while he was working as a musical assistant on the 1984 film, Reckless, for which he soon was promoted to the position of composer. And so, at the age of 27, Newman successfully composed his first film score. Since then he has contributed distinctive and evocative scores to many acclaimed films, including Desperately Seeking Susan, The Lost Boys, The Rapture, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Player, Scent of a Woman, Flesh and Bone, The Shawshank Redemption, Little Women, American Buffalo, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Oscar and Lucinda, The Horse Whisperer, Meet Joe Black, American Beauty, The Green Mile, Erin Brockovich, In The Bedroom, Road to Perdition, Finding Nemo, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Cinderella Man, Jarhead, Little Children, The Good German, Revolutionary Road, Wall-E, The Help, The Iron Lady, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Skyfall, Spectre, Victoria & Abdul, The Highwaymen, Tolkien, Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, 1917, Let Them All Talk and The Little Things. Newman also composed the music for HBO’s acclaimed 6 hour miniseries Angels in America directed by Mike Nichols. He received an Emmy Award for his theme for the HBO original series Six Feet Under. His most recent film projects include director John Madden's Operation Mincemeat, director Marc Forster's A Man Called Otto and his upcoming film White Bird: A Wonder Story.
In addition to his work in film and television, Newman has composed several works for the concert stage, including the symphonic work Reach Forth Our Hands, commissioned in 1996 by the Cleveland Orchestra to commemorate their city’s bicentennial, as well as At Ward’s Ferry, Length 180 ft., a concerto for double bass and orchestra commissioned in 2001 by the Pittsburgh Symphony. His latest concert piece was a chamber work entitled It Got Dark, commissioned by the acclaimed Kronos Quartet in 2009. As part of a separate commission by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the work was expanded and adapted for symphony orchestra and string quartet, and premiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall in December of 2009. In October 2014, Newman and musician Rick Cox released “35 Whirlpools Below Sound,” an evocative, contemporary collection of avant-garde electronic soundscapes which the two collaborators developed over a period of 25 years, and which constitutes a fascinating departure from Newman’s work in film music. Newman also was commissioned by the prestigious Joffrey Ballet in Chicago to compose the score for a new ballet adaptation of the Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men, which premiered in April of 2022.
About the Conductor
Australian conductor Jessica Gethin has gained widespread attention for her stellar musicianship and vibrant energy, reviewers citing her performances as ‘… refined, charismatic and exhilarating’. Gliding seamlessly between core symphonic repertoire to ballet, opera, film and contemporary genres, Jessica’s international roster includes guest conducting engagements throughout the United States, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with collaborations including the Dallas Opera, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Perth Symphony, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic and Macao Orchestra as well as regular seasons with the West Australian Ballet. Listed in Limelight Australia’s Top 20 Australian Artists for 2017, further accolades include winning the Brian Stacey Emerging Australian Conductor Award, Australian Financial Review’s 100 Most Influential Women, a Churchill Fellowship, a Fellowship at the Hart Institute of Women Conductors with the Dallas Opera and being named a finalist in the West Australian of the Year Awards. Most recently Jessica was appointed Head of Orchestral Studies and Conducting at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Jessica's dedication to championing classical music as it enters the twenty first century combined with bold programming choices, a natural flair for communicating with audiences and a commitment to foster the next generation of young musicians has contributed to her rapidly growing profile both at home and abroad.
WASO On Stage
Principal 2nd Violin
Assoc Principal 2nd Violin
Assistant Principal 2nd Violin
Bao Di Tang
• The Gregg family
• Janet Holmes à Court AC & Gilbert George
• Pamela & Josh Pitt
Geoffrey Bourgault du Coudray^
• Meg O’Neill & Vicky Hayes
• Stelios Jewellers
★ Rod & Margaret Marston
Francesco Lo Surdo
• John & Nita Walshe
• Dr Ken Evans AM & Dr Glenda Campbell-Evans
• Dale & Greg Higham
• Peter & Jean Stokes
Assoc Principal Percussion & Timpani
★ Section supported through the Duet program by
• Chair supported through the Duet program by
* Instruments used by these musicians are on loan from Janet Holmes à Court AC.
A note from the Composer
Writing the music for SKYFALL, Sam Mendes’ 2012 addition to the James Bond franchise, was something far, far away from anything I would have imagined confronting creatively. Its history is rich and satisfying and comes with the heavy weight of half a century’s worth of joy in the listening. As much as I experienced terror and sleepless nights in the course of the four or so months of work in London writing and recording the score, it remains, to this day, one of the very best experiences I have had in my career. I am grateful to Sam, of course, for his skill and leadership, but also to Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson and Gregg Wilson for their willingness to give me a chance to contribute to such an epic film.
Skyfall in Concert is produced by Film Concerts Live!, a joint venture of IMG Artists, LLC and The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc.
Producers: Steven A. Linder and Jamie Richardson
Director of Operations: Rob Stogsdill
Production Manager: Sophie Greaves
Worldwide Representation: IMG Artists, LLC
Technical Director: Mike Runice
Music Composed by Thomas Newman
“James Bond Theme” composed by Monty Norman
Words and Music by Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, Paul Richard Epworth
© 2012 Universal – Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. on behalf of Universal Music Publishing Ltd. and EMI Music Publishing, Ltd administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Not for broadcast transmission. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
DO NOT DUPLICATE.
Music Preparation: Jo Ann Kane Music Service
Film Preparation for Concert Performance: Epilogue Media
Technical Consultants: Alex Levy, Laura Gibson
Sound Remixing for Concert Performance: Chace Audio by Deluxe
The score for Skyfall has been adapted for live concert performance.
With special thanks to: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, EON Productions, Thomas Newman, Scott Grossman, Todd Ellis, Robert Thompson, David Flachs, Selen Akkaya, Mark Graham, Bethany Brinton, Matt Voogt, Shinnousuke Miyazawa and the musicians and staff of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.