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Mancini nod to Eastwood

Thesp to receive Hank Award for service to American music

The Henry Mancini Institute will honor Clint Eastwood during its summer concert series Aug. 16 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Previous honoree Quincy Jones will present Eastwood with the fourth annual Hank Award, which recognizes distinguished service to American music, at the Mancini Musicale, the institute’s annual fund-raising event. Performing at the event will be Diana Krall and Arturo Sandoval, among others; Craig Kilborn hosts.

Bassist Christian McBride and saxophonists James Carter, James Moody and Pete Christlieb will lead a band in a musical tribute to Eastwood, composed and arranged by Lennie Niehaus.

The HMI Orchestra begins its seventh annual free concert season, which will include a rare appearance by the band Oregon and a newly commissioned work by McBride, on Saturday at Royce Hall.

Saturday’s concert features the 80-piece HMI orchestra with Gunther Schuller, Emil Richards, Billy Childs and Claudia Acuna. On Aug. 2 Randy Newman and James Newton Howard will guest conduct a tribute to American film music, including Maria Bachmann performing “Chaconne for Violin & Orchestra” from the Oscar-winning score to “The Red Violin” by John Corigliano. Also performing will be Monica Mancini, Sue Raney and Andy Williams.

Aug. 9 concert spotlights soloists from the HMI program; Richard Todd on the French horn; a world-premiere commissioned piece by Nan Schwartz with Paul Viapiano on guitar and the HMI Orchestra; as well as a tribute to Johnny Mercer.

HMI Orchestra concerts at Schoenberg Hall begin with a tribute to Billy Byers Aug. 1 and continues with Oregon (Paul McCandless, Glen Moore, Ralph Towner, Mark Walker), Aug. 8; the HMI Jazz Chamber Ensembles, Aug. 13; McBride’s new work, Aug. 14; and a tribute to Bill Holman and Bob Mintzer from the HMI Big Band, featuring saxophonist Bob Mintzer, Aug. 15.

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