Van Ark emcees stellar gala

A who’s who of the film-music business turned out Friday night to honor Hollywood’s first family of composers as Randy Newman, David Newman and Thomas Newman received Golden Score Awards from the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers at the BevHilton.

Also honored with film and music tributes were the late Alfred, Lionel and Emil Newman. Alfred (David and Thomas’ father, and Randy’s uncle) won nine Oscars and headed the 20th Century-Fox music department for many years; Lionel succeeded Alfred in the ’60s and was a legendary character on the Fox lot; and Emil conducted extensively for both Fox and Samuel Goldwyn.

Directors Jon Avnet, Paul Brickman and Gary Ross made presentations, while Fox music chief Robert Kraft and composers John Williams and David Raksin spoke about the Newman dynasty. All broke up the crowd of 500 with anecdotes about the family and its idiosyncrasies on the scoring stage.

Oscar winners Jerry Goldsmith and Leonard Rosenman, and Emmy winners Ian Fraser, Don Davis and Alf Clausen, conducted the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Newman music (including non-film pieces by Maria Newman Thatcher, Alfred’s youngest daughter, and Joey Newman, Lionel’s grandson).

Actress Joan Van Ark was emcee. Proceeds benefited ASMAC scholarship programs and the Young Musicians Foundation.

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