Ennio Morricone, a favorite of Symphony Center audiences, and one of the film world’s most acclaimed composers, will be saluted on Feb. 22 — the day of this year’s Oscars — with a 24-hour stream of his works on Q2 Music, the contemporary classical online music stream of New York City’s WQXR-FM.
Hosted and curated by WQXR’s “Movies on the Radio” host David Garland, the program is presented as part of Q2 Music’s “24 on the 24th” series of themed, day-long marathons on the 24th of every month. The marathon will feature selections from Morricone’s best-known scores, including “The Mission,” “The Untouchables,” “Once Upon a Time in the West” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” alongside free-jazz improvisations and tributes by John Zorn and Thievery Corporation.
Titled “Anything’s Possible: The Wild Imagination of Ennio Morricone,” the stream runs from 11:01 p.m. Feb. 21 to 10:59 p.m. Feb. 22 (Chicago time) and will receive an encore starting at 11:01 p.m. Feb. 23 (CST) at www.q2music.org.
A five-time Oscar nominee, Morricone has written scores for more than 500 movies and television series, along with a variety of contemporary classical works (his Voices From the Silence received its CSO premiere last season, conducted by Riccardo Muti). In 2007, Morricone won an honorary Academy Award “for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music.”