A multi-media exhibition of award-winning compositions by students of the NYU Steinhardt Scoring for Film and Multimedia program and animated films created by students at the NYU Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film and Television will be presented at The Peter Norton Symphony Space on Friday, February 27 at 8 p.m.

Still from Dan Costales's animated short, Moon.
Still from Dan Costales's animated short, Moon.

The film scores will be performed by the NYU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the acclaimed German-born conductor Jens Georg Bachmann.

The screenings make up a portion of an annual NYU Symphony performance that will also include the premiere of Ink-splash, an original work by Steinhardt Student Concert Composition Competition Winner Weiwei Miao, followed by Rachmaninov’s beloved 2nd Piano Concerto and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

“This event is an incredibly special one because it not only highlights the individual talents of our students, but it also serves as a potent reminder how they benefit from being part of a lively and diverse artistic community here at NYU,” said Ronald Sadoff, chair of the NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and director of the departments Film Scoring Program. “How better to showcase the fruits of these creative partnerships than to have the work showcased by our very own NYU Symphony?”

The cross-school collaboration between the two departments we the outgrowth of an existing and fruitful professional relationship between Sadoff and John Canemaker, Academic Director of the animation program in the Undergraduate Department of Film and Television at NYU Tisch. Sadoff scored the music for Canemaker’s film, The Son and the Moon, which received the 2006 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. This evenings' live screenings serve as a continuation of Toons, Tunes and Trikfilms, an annual event produced by Canemaker and Sadoff as part of Lincoln Center's Golden Silent Series. These ran from 1998-2008.

“Film scoring in any film is an integral component to delivering a desired narrative, and in animated films – where animator and composer have a great degree of control over the finished product – this relationship is a pivotal one,” said Canemaker. “We’re in a wonderful position here at NYU to foster these relationships, and as educators, we can see first hand how it raises the game of artists in both camps, which is tremendously gratifying.”

Winners of the 2015 NYU Steinhardt Film Scoring Competition whose scores will be performed include Nicholas Buc, Sean (Shinwon) Kim, Mitch (Ming-Hsieh) Lin, Dong Liu, and Jordi Nus accompanied by imagery from animated films by NYU Tisch students and alumni, including: Bears (Dan Costales) Fighting Spirits (Gene Kim), Goodnight Boon (Jeremy Jensen), and Moon (Dan Costales).

The performance is free and open to the public. Peter Norton Symphony Space located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in Manhattan. To reserve tickets, email nyu.orchestras@gmail.com.

About the NYU Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
The Graduate Film and Undergraduate Film & TV divisions of the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts offer both a B.F.A liberal arts degree and an intensive 3-year MFA curriculum in professional filmmaking. The program focuses on developing each filmmaker’s individual voice, while also arming them with the skills and knowledge to excel in all areas of the film, television and new media fields. Distinguished alumni of the Kanbar Institute include Joel Coen, Chris Columbus, Billy Crystal, Martha Coolidge, Amy Heckerling, Jim Jarmusch, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, Brett Ratner, Nancy Savoca, Martin Scorsese, Susan Seidelman, Cary Fukanaga and Oliver Stone, among many others.

About NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions:
Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions was established in 1925. Today, 1,600 students majoring in renowned music and performing arts programs are guided by 400 faculty. The department’s degree programs—baccalaureate through doctorate—share the School’s spirit of openness and innovation that encourages the pursuit of high artistic and academic goals. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama).


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