“Fantastic Beasts” Composer James Newton Howard to Receive Achievement Award

Composer James Newton Howard, who scored Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be honored with an award for his contribution to world cinema at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which will take place later this year in the Czech Republic! The organizers have announced that Howard will be this year’s recipient of the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema, a testament to his success in the industry:

One of the most versatile and respected composers currently working in film, James Newton Howard’s career spans over thirty years. He has composed music for over 120 films, including the Academy Award-nominated scores for Defiance, Michael Clayton, The Village, The Fugitive, The Prince of Tides, and My Best Friend’s Wedding and Academy Award-nominated songs for Junior and One Fine Day. Howard also received Golden Globe nominations for his massive orchestral score for Peter Jackson’s blockbuster remake of King Kong, his provocative symphonic score for Defiance, and his songs from Junior and One Fine Day.

Additionally, Howard was awarded a Grammy in 2009, along with Hans Zimmer, for his work on The Dark Knight. He was also awarded an Emmy in 2001 for his work on the theme to Gideon’s Crossing.

Not only will Howard be in attendance at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, but he will also be offering a very special experience for fans:

The public will be able to meet the respected composer during the Opening Ceremony concert in front of the Hotel Thermal. James will personally conduct a world premiere of the music from his latest movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

The announcement of Howard’s honor also notes that “he is currently preparing for his first live concert tour,” titled the 3 Decades of Music for Hollywood:

Mr. Howard will conduct a symphony orchestra and choir comprising over 100 performers on stage through suites of recent as well as classic film hits. The composer will tell stories from his rich and wide-ranging experience, working on some of the most honored and successful movies ever made, with on-screen commentary from several of his long[-]time Hollywood collaborators, along with clips and montages of stills from films. The tour will visit 20 of the biggest European cities in November 2017, with the premiere being held at the Royal Albert Hall on November 3rd [sic] 2017.  Among other cities, the live concerts can be seen later in November in Prague, Krakow, Warsaw and Budapest.

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