Award-Winning Film Composers Release 'A Symphony Of Hope: The Haiti Project'
Oscar®, Tony, Grammy and Emmy-winning composers have completed A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project, a musical collaboration to benefit the victims of last year’s earthquake in Haiti. Produced by Christopher Lennertz and Steve Schnur, the album features the unique musical voices of 25 composers, in addition to 90 musicians and a 60-person choir. Composers include Marvin Hamlisch (The Informant, A Chorus Line, The Way We Were), John Debney (The Passion of the Christ, Bruce Almighty, Iron Man 2), Christopher Young (Spiderman 3, The Grudge) and Dave Grusin (The Milagro Bean Field War, The Fabulous Baker Boys). All proceeds will go through partner charity, Hands Together.
The musical team consists of over 200 artists, music executives, supporting recording engineers, copyists and music editors, all of whom volunteered their time and expertise. The symphony is initially based on a Haitian melody. Each composer contributed additional 8-32 bars of music to the piece and passed it along to the next composer, creating a symbolic lending hand passing to another lending hand. Conducted by Lucas Richmond and featuring soloists Lizbeth Scott (Passion of The Christ) and Carmen Twillie (The Lion King). Other artists that participated include Grammy Award Winner Arturo Sandoval, Emmy Award Winner Beau Bridges and Lucy Schwartz.
Hands Together is working as an educational and development organization for Haiti’s largest and poorest city, Cité Soleil. Programs outside of Port-au-Prince promote human development among the rural poor through water well digging, promoting agricultural and production, and assisting the poorest schools and clinics around the northern city of Gonaives. Their work is founded upon the teaching that recognizes the dignity of every human life and a fundamental humanitarian responsibility to the poor and vulnerable.
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