For its 16th edition, the World Soundtrack Awards will introduce a new award: best original score for television series & miniseries, to be featured side by side with the program’s traditional emphasis on film music. The reconfigured ceremony, which is the culmination of Belgium’s Film Fest Ghent, is now being held in two phases: the World Soundtrack Awards Gala, to be held Oct 19, and the WSA Concert on Oct. 20.
“We’re in a unique, unprecedented position,” said fest artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher in a statement. “There’s so much good and great to chose from in this new Golden Age of TV that’s attracting high-profile directors, writers and actors, but also composers. Now that television series have developed ever more sophisticated storytelling to match anything in cinema, we want to recognize the contribution of the composer to this exciting and addictive art form.”
For the two-pronged ceremony, the Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir will be on hand to perform the honored scores from the big and small screens, with conductor Dirk Brossé wielding the baton. Both music events will also ring in a new venue for the ceremony, the Capitole, a neo-classical theater in Ghent.
Following the dispensing of awards on that first night, a concert will celebrate the best scores for contemporary TV-series, including the music from “House of Cards,” “Fargo,” “Homeland,” “The Leftovers,” “Sherlock” and “Mad Men.”
The second night will skip the award ceremony to reprise the concert of the best scores for contemporary TV-series, as well as a look back at classic theme music from such vintage TV shows as “Dallas,” “Mission Impossible,” “Star Trek,” “The Untouchables,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “Dynasty.”