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‘Hunger Games’ Composer James Newton Howard to Receive Max Steiner Award

James Newton Howard
Image courtesy of Wim Lippins

James Newton Howard, the tireless film composer with more than 120 score credits and eight Oscar nominations, will receive the Max Steiner Award at the eighth annual Hollywood in Vienna event at Austria’s Vienna Concert Hall on Oct. 15-16.

Howard — whose scores in just the past three years include the quartet of “Hunger Games” movies, “Snow White and the Hunstman,” “Maleficent,” “The Bourne Legacy” and “Nightcrawler” — will follow in the footsteps of such past Steiner honorees as John Barry, Lalo Schifrin, Howard Shore and last year’s recipient, Randy Newman.

The award is named after the Austrian-born, Golden Age film composer behind such classics as “Gone With the Wind,” “Casablanca” and “King Kong.”

“Howard is definitely one of the most versatile film composers of our time as he succeeds in writing both eerie classical mystery scores, uplifting comedy scores, electronic soundtracks as well as chart-winning songs,” said Hollywood in Vienna founder Sandra Tomek in a statement.

Howard’s work will be performed by the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, chief conductor of the Boston Pops.

The symphonic gala is meant to celebrate “classic and current masterpieces” of film music.