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Jun 5

The Music of Bernard Herrmann (part 2)

June 5 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Herrmann biographer Steven C. Smith discusses the composer’s pioneering work with Paul Hirsch, Michael McGehee, and William T. Stromberg

LA 12 PM | NY 3 PM | UK 8 PM

The Life and Times of Bernard Herrmann

Featuring Steven C. Smith, Paul Hirsch, Michael McGehee and Bill Stromberg


Steven C. Smith is an award-winning author and Emmy-nominated documentary producer who specializes in Hollywood history. He is the author of two biographies: Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer (Oxford University Press), and A Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann (University of California Press). The latter received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and was the main research source for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann.

Steven has produced and written over 200 documentaries for television and other media. They include The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg; The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia; A Place for Us: West Side Story’s Legacy; and Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood. Steven lives in Los Angeles.

Paul Hirsch received the Academy Award for his editing work on Star Wars in 1978. In 2005, he received his second Academy Award nomination for Taylor Hackford’s Ray. He is the only person to ever win the Saturn Award for best editing twice. His films include Footloose, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Empire Strikes Back and Carrie, as well as Sisters and Obsession, both scored by Bernard Herrmann. In 2017 he was given the special Award to Editor with Unique Visual Sensitivity by the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Camerimage. He lives in Los Angeles.

Michael McGehee is the founder of New Discovery Recordings and the Hollywood Studio Orchestra. New Discovery Recordings releases freshly recorded orchestral suites each month at NewDiscovery.Bandcamp.com. These include ten of Bernard Herrmann’s radio scores for the series Crime Classics, and previously unheard Herrmann scores like Annabel Lee and The City of Brass. Michael earned his degree in Music Composition at the University of Alabama, and completed his graduate studies in Film Scoring at the University of Southern California studying under Fred Steiner, Bruce Broughton, Buddy Baker and David Raksin. He is a graduate of Earle Hagen’s Film Scoring Workshop, and has written and conducted music for dozens of short films. Michael is also the author of The Click Track Book.

GRAMMY-nominated conductor William Stromberg has composed and conducted music for many films, including the documentary Trinity and Beyond, Starship Troopers 2, Bugs and Army of the Dead for the Sci-Fi Channel, and most recently the documentary film The Battle of Bunker Hill. He has conducted and orchestrated regularly for many Hollywood composers such as Rolfe Kent, Joseph LoDuca, Elia Cmiral, and Marco Beltrami, including the scores for Legally Blonde, Nurse Betty, The Triangle, The Messengers, and Mimic. William composed and orchestrated music for Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toon Adventures and Batman: The Animated Series. In the summer of 2001 he toured with the rock group Yes for the Yes Symphonic Tour across America, composing the overture for the show and conducting the orchestra onstage with the band.

William has also been heavily involved in performing classic film music, conducting scores by such eminent composers as Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. He has conducted much Americana concert music by such composers as Ferde Grofé, Robert Russell Bennett, and Meredith Willson.


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