Danny Elfman to bring concert of Tim Burton movie music to L.A.

Danny Elfman in Los Angeles in 2011.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

It’s been one of the most fruitful composer-director collaborations in modern Hollywood.

Danny Elfman has scored 15 movies by Tim Burton, starting with “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” in 1985 and leading up to last year’s “Dark Shadows” and “Frankenweenie.” For the first time in the U.S., Elfman is to present his scores for Burton’s films in an orchestral concert performance, scheduled appropriately enough for Halloween night at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

“Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton” will feature conductor John Mauceri leading the 87-piece Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and the 45-member Page L.A. Choir. Elfman himself will appear at the concert to perform songs from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

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The concert will debut Oct. 7 at London’s Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra, part of a British tour, prior to coming to L.A.

Organizers said the concert will feature music from all 15 of Elfman’s collaborations with Burton. (The only Burton movies that the composer didn’t work on were “Ed Wood” and “Sweeney Todd.”) The concert will also include film clips from Burton’s movies and some of his art work.

A U.S. tour of the concert is in the works, but no dates or cities have been announced yet.

Elfman was the composer for the Cirque du Soleil show “Iris,” which closed at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood in January. He was part of the influential rock group Oingo Boingo, which held a farewell concert in 1995 at the Universal Amphitheatre.

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The composer previously worked with Mauceri on “Serenada Schizophrana,” a 2004 classical piece that was recorded and released two years later. They also collaborated on “The Overeager Overture,” which was performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 2006.


Mauceri was the music director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for 15 years beginning with its inception in 1991.

“Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton” is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. Tickets go on sale Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. through, and by phone at (888) 929-7849.


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