gloria-chengPiano Spheres, the solo piano series whose mission is committed to introduce major new works for the piano, has announced this year’s opening concert. On November 12, Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng will perform the world premieres of several original piano works by major film composers for the Opening Night program, entitled “Montage.” Academy Award-winning composers John Williams (Star Wars, Schindler’s List), Michael Giacchino (Up, Star Trek) and Randy Newman (Toy Story, Monsters, Inc.) who composed a piece in homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman, are featured on the program, as well as Bruce Broughton (Silverado) and Don Davis (The Matrix). The concert will also feature the U.S. premiere of Alexandre Desplat‘s Trois Études (originally written for pianist Lang Lang). All composers are expected to be present at the event. Cheng has previously performed piano on numerous film scores, including Davis’ The Matrix trilogy and John Williams’ War Horse. The concert will take place at 8:00 pm at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School of the Performing Arts, 200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012. For tickets to the event and more information, visit or call (800) 595-4849 (4TIX).

Here’s the full program of the concert:

Bruce Broughton – “Five Pieces for Piano”
Don Davis “Surface – Tension” (World Premiere)
Alexandre Desplat – “Trois Études” (U.S. Premiere)
Michael Giacchino – “Composition 430” (World Premiere)
Randy Newman – “Family Album: Homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman” (World Premiere)
John Williams – Conversations” (World Premiere)
Olivier Messiaen – “Preludes” (Audience Choice)

  1. NjabsPhungula says:

    Well, I hope these are recorded and released. It’s wonderful that film composers get a chance to do this.