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While you're 'Singin' in the Rain' at the Hollywood Bowl, he's keeping the musicians in sync

While you're 'Singin' in the Rain' at the Hollywood Bowl, he's keeping the musicians in sync

This weekend David Newman will assume his now-regular place on the Hollywood Bowl stage, co-conducting with John Williams in the latter’s annual program of movie music. Then on Sept. 7, Newman will conduct the score for “Singin’ in the Rain,” synced to the film.

If being the leading conductor of orchestral scores performed live to picture — and composing the scores to more than 100 films — doesn’t uniquely qualify Newman to champion the art of film music, one other fact may: His father helped to invent it.

Newman’s dad, Alfred, came to Hollywood from Broadway at the dawn of sound in cinema. Along with contemporaries Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, the elder Newman...

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