Film Premieres Monday, May 22 at 7:30 pm
Los Angeles, Calif. (April 26, 2017) – PBS SoCal is pleased to have the broadcast premiere of Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano, Breakwater Studios’ special look at the challenge Grammy award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng presented to a group of celebrated film composers: to write a piece of music for solo piano.
Some of today’s best-known film composers took part including: John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Young Sherlock Holmes), Don Davis (The Matrix trilogy), Michael Giacchino (Up, Ratatouille, Rogue One), Randy Newman (The Natural, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc.), and Alexandre Desplat (The Queen, Argo, The Grand Budapest Hotel).
“We are honored to share the piano compositions of some of Los Angeles’ best film composers through this unique documentary,” said Andrew Russell, PBS SoCal President and CEO. “Music touches something in us all whether accompanied by an orchestra and pictures – like in the movies — or simply through a single instrument like the piano.”
“It’s so rare to get to see anyone of this caliber brave enough to work outside of their wheelhouse,” said executive producer Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios, “I can’t wait for people to enter this intimate world and see how these venerable and vulnerable maestros bring fresh music to life through Gloria’s immense talent.”
“The composers whose music I am privileged to showcase are living legends who are best known for their film work. I was interested in how they write when unhinged from the demands that a film places on them,” said Gloria Cheng.
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About Gloria Cheng
Cheng received her BA in economics from Stanford University, followed by graduate degrees in music from UCLA, where she studied with Aube Tzerko, and from the University of Southern California, as a student of John Perry. She teaches at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music where she has initiated classes that unite performers and composers. She is often invited to speak as an advocate for contemporary music, and in 2012 served as Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. Learn more about Cheng at www.gloriachengpiano.com.
About Breakwater Studios
Breakwater Studios is an award-winning entertainment enterprise founded by Ben Proudfoot in 2012. With an international reputation for telling cinematic stories with unforgettable characters, Breakwater Studios self-finances as well as partners with the world’s most trusted brands to create widely-beloved content that celebrates the human experience.