The Ghent Film Festival will pay tribute to the late Ronni Chasen with a concert featuring works by film composers Elliot Goldenthal, Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer.
The trio will make the pilgrimage to Belgium in October for the concert, which will close the 38th annual fest. The festival runs Oct. 11-22.
Chasen, a longtime biz publicist who repped the three composers and was instrumental in turning the Ghent fest into a prime showcase for film music, was murdered in November.
Chasen put Ghent on the film fest map by helping organize the World Soundtrack Awards, which puts the spotlight on film composers.
Zimmer was coaxed by Chasen to perform his first live concert at the inaugural World Soundtrack Awards during the 27th Ghent fest in 2000.
The concert will take place at the 11th edition of the WSAs at the Kuipke Sports Centre on Oct. 22. Goldenthal, Shore and Zimmer’s music will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brosse.In other Ghent-related news, “Film Music Masterpieces: Maestros of Suspense” will be presented at the Music Centre De Bijloke on Oct. 12. The heavily Hitchcock-themed concert by the National Orchestra of Belgium will feature music by the late Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman, with selections of Herrmann’s music for “Psycho,” “Vertigo” and “Taxi Driver,” as well as Waxman’s music for “Rebecca,” “Rear Window” and “Sunset Boulevard.”
In addition, Ghent will host the exhibition “Ingmar Bergman: Truth and Lies,” which will run Oct. 4 to Jan. 15, 1012, at Ghent’s Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre. It represents the first time since the Swedish filmmaker’s death in 2007 that the Bergman Foundation in Stockholm granted unprecedented broad access to his personal papers.