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Ennio Morricone to conduct concerts in L.A. and New York in March

Film composer Ennio Morricone, who has been nominated five times for an Oscar and who received an honorary statuette in 2007, is scheduled to conduct concerts of his movie music at performances in Los Angeles and New York in March.

The L.A. concert is set for March 20 at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live; the New York performance is scheduled for March 23 at the Barclays Center's Cushman and Wakefield Theatre in Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at www.axs.com.

Listing Morricone's most famous movies scores can be a difficult task simply because there are so many — "A Fistful of Dollars," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Once upon a Time in the West," "The Mission," "The Untouchables," "Cinema Paradiso," and "Bugsy" among them.

In 2009, Morricone was to conduct a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, but the event was canceled. He led a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York in 2007.

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The composer has led numerous concerts of his film music around Europe. His concert in L.A., which will be his first in the city, will feature about 200 musicians and singers.

Massimo Gallotta, who is producing the concerts, said by phone from New York that he is bringing the musicians from Europe because the composer prefers to perform with them. "That is the most difficult part for me," Gallotta said. 

Morricone, 84, has worked regularly with many famous filmmakers, including Sergio Leone, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Brian De Palma and Warren Beatty. His other scores include "The Battle of Algiers," "Days of Heaven," "In the Line of Fire" and "Once Upon a Time in America," Leone's New York gangster saga-as-opium-dream.

He recently co-wrote a song for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," an homage to the Spaghetti Western genre closely associated with Morricone.

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