The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra (HSO) a is 75-member American symphony orchestra based in Los Angeles, California. Its artistic director and resident conductor is John Scott. The HSO is dedicated to performing classic and world premiere movie scores, and comprises recording musicians from the Hollywood movie studios and Los Angeles concert scene.
Many of the musicians' names appear in the original recording liner notes of the movie scores presented on stage. Concerts often include a large massed choir from the Los Angeles area, bringing the population on stage to as many as 140 instrumentalists and singers.
Prior to 2006, this orchestra was primarily a recording orchestra, credited as far back in liner notes as "The Robe" (1953) composed by Alfred Newman conducting the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra (Varese Sarabande VSD 5295). The inaugural stage concerts of the HSO under the baton of John Scott were on May 18 and October 7, 2006, at UCLA's Royce Hall and were produced by John Beal and Peter Henton. Their first year, in addition to full programs of classic film scores from the 1930s through 2000s, the orchestra performed world premieres of music from "Memoirs of a Geisha", "Antony and Cleopatra", "Flags of Our Fathers", "World Trade Center", and "The Matrix".
Composers represented in 2006 included Miklós Rózsa, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Maurice Jarre, Victor Young, Dimitri Tiomkin, Craig Armstrong, Clint Eastwood, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Dave Grusin, Alex North, John Scott, Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Max Steiner, Don Davis, Ernest Gold, Bernard Herrman.
The first radio broadcast of an HSO concert was on August 20, 2006. Southern California's classical radio station, K-Mozart 105.1FM, broadcast a one hour program containing portions of the inaugural concert by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor John Scott.
In 2007, HSO President and Artistic Director John Scott returned to his native England. He skipped that year's season, having decided instead to compose a new score for the 1938 film "The Adventures of Robin Hood," starring Erroll Flynn. In 2008, Scott decided to write an opera. He never returned to conduct the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra in live concerts. - Wikipedia
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