Ennio Morricone Events Postponed

Ennio Morricone
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Italian composer Ennio Morricone’s long-awaited Los Angeles concert debut has been postponed from March 20 to June 15.

Also postponed, or possibly cancelled, is Morricone’s on-stage interview with director Quentin Tarantino, which had been scheduled for LACMA on March 18 and was sold out. Whether that will be rescheduled is not clear and may depend on each man’s individual schedules.

The prolific composer of “The Mission,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” has never appeared in concert in Los Angeles. His sole previous American concert was in 2007 in New York. Morricone’s March 23 concert in Brooklyn has also been postponed, to June 13.

The 85-year-old maestro recently underwent back surgery and, he said in a statement, doctors have advised him not to travel long distances during his recovery period.

“It saddens me deeply to have to postpone,” Morricone said. “I am very miuch looking forward to my first Los Angeles performance. Hollywood has been instrumental in bringing my work to American audiences, and my 2007 performance in New York was one of the high points of my career to date. I’m grateful and sorry to my fans for having to delay this show.”

Tickets for the March 20 Nokia Theatre LA LIVE concert will be honored for the June 15 concert, a spokesman said. Ticket holders who cannot attend on the new date will be able to receive refunds through May 1 at their point of purchase.

Morricone is expected to bring his 100-piece orchestra with him from Italy. A 75-voice choir will be recruited from the ranks of L.A. singers.

Morricone is only the second composer in Oscar history to receive an honorary Oscar for his entire career. He received it in 2007. His other notable scores include “Cinema Paradiso,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “The Untouchables” and “Bugsy.”

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    1. OsborneRogers says:

      Though I would not wish back pain on anyone and sincerely hope many of the original ticket holders can still attend these US concerts, the new date now makes it possible for me to attend what will be one of the all-time greatest highlights of my life and something I thought would never happen.

      To state the obvious… the first poster dishonors Morricone with ‘comments.’

    2. Tuco Shakur says:

      My wife and I have tickets for the NY show. I have been looking forward to seeing Morricone for years. We missed him when he played Radio City in 2007 because we couldn’t afford the seats that were available by the time I went to purchase the tickets. I jumped on them the day they went on sale this time around. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about seeing live music. I’m seriously bummed out that this has been postponed, but I hope Mr. Morricone is doing well and is fully recovered, happy, and healthy soon. I’ll see The Man when he gets here in June!
      To cowardobama: Obama, Kool Aid, and Hip Hop have absolutely nothing to do with these shows being postponed. Nobody cares about your crazy rants.

    3. cowardobama says:

      This guy is a TRUE Legend but I’m guessing very few Koolaid Slurping American’s haven’t got a clue and are disconnected from anything of any redeeming value from our history of even from yesterday for that matter. YOU want the best of Morricone…. Search for “A Fistful of Morricone” and you’ve hit paydirt. Unless it’s hip hop garbage or from a reality TV show most Koolaid Guzzling Obama Sheep will not put the effort into doing anything other than TO FOLLOW.

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