This must be nothing more than an odd coincidence, but while updating our events calendar today, Hollywood Gothique came across three upcoming musical events in Los Angeles involving themes of alien invasion and/or outer space.
First up is a production based around the script for Orson Welles 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. Yuval Sharon turns it into a performance piece to be heard around Los Angeles: simultaneously at WWII era sirens reactivated for two-way communication and at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Performances are on November 12 at 2pm and November 18 at noon and 2pm. Learn more here.
Also at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, though not till next year, is a symphonic piece inspired by Georges Méliès’ silent science fiction film, A Trip to the Moon (1902). This is a 45-minute stand-alone composition, not a new soundtrack track for the 12-minute film. Also on the bill is a performance of Holtz’s The Planets. The event takes place at 8pm on May 2, 2018. The Los Angeles Philharmonic website has more information here.
Lastly, on May 19, 2018, there will be a live-to-film performance of the soundtrack for Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988). John Massari will conduct the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra. The Dickies will perform their theme song. And the Chiodo Brothers – the special effects filmmakers who created the film – will be in person, along with some live Killer Klowns. The show starts at 8pm. The webpage for the event is here.