BMI’s Vice President of Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross, recently traveled to Krakow, Poland, to attend and participate on panel discussions at this year’s Film Music Festival, which recognizes music in all visual media (TV, film and videogames). One of the major concert events included the International TV Series Gala, which provided a dazzling night of television music to more than 10,000 engaged fans captivated by stunning visuals and renowned musicians that elevated the musical experience to new heights. The evening began with composer Jeff Beal conducting an HBO overture including his own music from House of Cards and Michael Kamen’s music from Band of Brothers. Atli Orvarsson played with the orchestra during his piece from Chicago Fire, while his opera singer sister sang solo. BMI composer Dan Licht rocked the crowd, bowing stringless instruments with the orchestra on Dexter, while Trevor Morris did a brilliant job conducting his music for Vikings with Tina Guo-Morabito playing cello and the magical Einar Selvik playing the tagelharpa. Ramin Djawadi’s beloved music for Game of Thrones closed the evening.
The festival, which took place May 27 through 31, included different concept concerts every night with full orchestras, glorious choirs, incredible lighting, visuals, world-class musicians and live camera work. In addition, Ringer-Ross took the opportunity on the international platform to discuss the Alliance of Women Film Composers during a panel on Women in the Film Business, with composer Jocelyn Pook (Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut), director Julie Taymor (The Lion King stage show) and manager Maria Giacchino. The panel was moderated by journalist Michael Oleszcyk. Check out the slideshow for a taste of this spectacular festival celebrating music.