Feb. 28, 2014: Oscar Concert at Royce Hall

Royce Hall | Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

For the first time in its history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is presenting an Oscar Concert, featuring this year’s Academy Award-nominated composers conducting their own music. The inaugural Oscar Concert is taking place on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood. The concert features all five original scores, performed by an 80-piece orchestra and conducted by each nominated composer, as well as performances of the four original songs up for the Oscar. Among the composers scheduled to appear are five-time Oscar winner John Williams (The Book Thief) and William Butler of Arcade Fire (Her).

Each composer is presenting a special “suite” that features music from the film score. The composers will also talk about their music onstage. To round out the experience, images from the associated films will be displayed on the big screen.

Following are the composers and performers scheduled for the Oscar Concert: 


  • The Book Thief composed by John Williams
  • Gravity composed by Steven Price
  • Her composed by William Butler (Arcade Fire) and Owen Pallett
  • Philomena composed by Alexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr. Banks composed by Thomas Newman


  • Happy from Despicable Me 2 (Pharrell) - performed by Jill Scott
  • Let It Go from Frozen (Idina Menzell) - performed by songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • The Moon Song from Her (Karen O) - performer TBA 
  • Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (U2) - performer TBA

While this year’s Oscar Concert won’t be televised, plans call for the program to become an annual event that is broadcast on TV and projected into movie theatres around the world.

Tickets are priced at $75 for Balcony, $100 for Orchestra and are on sale now. The 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is taking place at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

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