‘Lost’ music is found on concert stage
Fans of ABC's hit "Lost" will love the Honolulu Symphony Pops world premiere of "The 'Lost' Symphony." If you've never seen the show, you're still going to love the concert. Here's why:
» In concert: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
» Place: Waikiki Shell
» Tickets: $36 to $94
» Call: 792-2000 or visit www.honolulusymphony.com
"Lost" -- the program and its music -- projects a variety of sharply etched moods: serenity, mystery and suspense. Composed by Michael Giacchino of "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "MI: III" and "Alias" fame, the music perfectly matches the many breathtaking Oahu locations where the show is filmed. The symphony often sounds as Hawaii looks, combining strength, beauty and stillness.
The music also embodies the drama of complex personal relationships. Unlike the music for most television shows, the "Lost" score goes way beyond a theme song and a few trademark sounds between scenes. (Can you imagine a "'Law and Order' Symphony"?)
"Lost" is music that is constant and powerful, and it sounds great even without the visual component, making it well suited for performance as a symphony in its own right.
These days, the film scores of composers like John Williams ("Harry Potter," "Star Wars" and "E.T.") and Ennio Morricone ("The Mission" and "The Untouchables") are performed by orchestras worldwide. Giacchino's score for "Lost" fits in perfectly with this trend.
You'll recognize some of the sounds in "The 'Lost' Symphony," like the brass section sliding downward at the end of a few numbers. And you'll see unique touches you've only heard up until now. Eric Shin, our principal percussionist, is hunting down an airplane wing, called for in the score. (If you have one, can you call him?)
Tim Simonec, our guest conductor, has worked with Giacchino since the '90s, when Giacchino was composing video-game scores for "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and "Medal of Honor." Simonec has worked on more than 70 feature films, so we know the music will be in good hands. Narrating will be actor Terry O'Quinn, who plays John Locke on the show. By happy coincidence, Locke is the favorite character of most of my friends.
I was lucky to be involved in one episode of "Lost" during Season 2. The role wasn't much of a stretch: I played a violinist. I was only on the set for a day, but it was pretty grueling. We shot the scene over and over from multiple angles until everything was just right. The actors were amazingly consistent, and the whole experience made me realize how serious -- and seriously good -- everyone involved in the show is.
Saturday night, we'll create a similar atmosphere: a beautiful setting, riveting music and the surprises and excitement you'll find at a world premiere.