Veteran film music composers Miklos Rosza, Henry Mancini, John Barry, Maurice Jarre, David Raksin, Alex North and Georges Delerue will be on hand tonight in UCLA'S Royce Hall to celebrate and be celebrated in a fund-raising benefit titled "A Night of Great Movie Music" for the Sundance Institute.
Charlton Heston will serve as the benefit concert's master of ceremonies. Appearing as co-hosts will be Kirk Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Tippi Hedren, Jean Simmons and Robert Redford, who is also the president of the Sundance Institute, a film school and production outpost based in Utah.
The composers themselves (and conductor David Newman) will lead the 90-piece orchestra in excerpts from their scores from such films as "Madame Bovary," "Spartacus," "Marnie," "Touch of Evil," "All About Eve" and "The Natural." Clips from some of the films will also be shown.
Proceeds from the $45 and $35 tickets will go to set up the Sundance Film Preservation Program at the institute's headquarters in Salt Lake City and Provo, with the purpose of preserving film music and its historical role in cinema.
Information for the concert tickets: (213) 825-2101. A number of tickets for the concert and a post-concert supper are available for $500. Information for these combination tickets: (818) 954-4776.