Golden State Pops Orchestra presents Superhero Soundtracks

Superhero Soundtracks

Some of the best composers in the world like Hans Zimmer, John Williams and James Horner have crafted musical masterpieces for many of the superhero movies we enjoy today. On Saturday April 18th, I was fortunate enough to witness/listen to a phenomenal musical event that involved some of those pieces. The Golden State Pops Orchestra put on a spectacle called Superhero Soundtracks; it’s exactly what you think it is, and it was amazing!

The set list alone is something to salivate over (in the order they were performed):

  • Superman March main theme – John Williams
  • Heroes, Heroines and Music Meisters Justice League main theme, Mystery of the Batwoman main title, Batman: The Brave and the Bold “Mayhem of the Music Meister” “Drive Us Bats/If Only” – Lolita Ritmanis (also guest conductor)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man “The Promise” “End Credits” – James Horner
  • The Last Starfighter OvertureCraig Safan (also guest conductor)
  • Batman Begins “Corynorhinus” – Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past “End Titles” – John Ottman (Jason Livesay guest conductor)
  • Iron Man Medley “Marvel Mania Pt 1& 2” “I Am Iron Man” Iron Man 2 end credits – John Debney
  • Captain America – End Credits “Captain’s March” – Alan Silvestri
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. OvertureBear McReary
  • Agent Carter SuiteChristopher Lennertz (also guest conductor, Ayana Haviv guest Soprano)
  • ThorPatrick Doyle
  • Incredible Hulk “Lonely Man Theme” – Joe Harnell
  • Batman Suite “Batman Theme” “Flowers” “Love Theme” “Joker’s Poem” “Up the Cathedral” “Waltz to the Death” “Final Confrontation” “Finale” – Danny Elfman
  • Encore Performance: The Avengers Main ThemeAdam Silvestri

Conductor Steven Allen Fox led the orchestra through most of the music, with a few guest conductors showing up to help out. First up was 10-time Emmy Award nominee Lolita Ritmanis, who conducted her pieces from Justice League, Mystery of the Batwoman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Next was The Last Starfighter composer Craig Safan, and Jason Livesay following with X-Men: Days of Future Past. One thing to note though, Livesay did not compose on that soundtrack, as it was John Ottman. Jason and his twin brother Nolan actually did the arrangement for it, like they do with so many other film scores.

The final guest conductor was Christopher Lennertz, a legend in the making by his own right. He’s scored 43 films, many TV series and has worked on many video game scores including Medal of Honor and Mass Effect 3. Lennertz conducted a 3-piece suite from the Agent Carter series he originally scored, but he wasn’t alone. Joining him was Grammy-winning singer Ayana Haviv, whom has worked with Lennertz on various other projects as well as numerous feature films. You’ll probably recognize Haviv as “the voice of the presumed-dead Captain America” per Lennertz, on the Agent Carter series.

Being a huge fan of film scores, I was able to identify almost every composition without the help of the program. While every piece was unique and stellar in its own right, there were a few favorites that stuck out to me. First was the Danny Elfman Batman suite, then the Batman Begins and lastly The Avengers theme. I’m a bit of a Batman fan if you can’t tell already. The night was definitely one to remember. If they ever bring the Superhero Soundtracks series back, I highly recommend you attend, you’ll thank me later for it.

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