ROME — Italian composer Ennio Morricone, winner of this year’s original-score Oscar for Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” has cancelled several European tour dates due to back problems.
The 87-year-old maestro with more than 500 movie credits to this name has two collapsed spinal vertebrae, according to a statement issued by Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra. He was scheduled to perform three concerts featuring his compositions with Santa Cecilia and its chorus on May 22, 23, and 24 in Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica venue.
The Santa Cecilia statement specified that doctors have told Morricone, who has been prone to back injuries for years, that he will be unable to perform until the end of June.
“I am very sorry, but these concerts will be rescheduled as soon as possible,” the statement quoted Morricone as saying.
Prior to winning his first competitive Oscar this year, Morricone had previously received an honorary Oscar in 2007, the second composer in Oscar history to accomplish that. His most notables scores include “The Mission,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “Days of Heaven,” “The Untouchables” and “Bugsy.”