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June 01, 2015

Free Screenings of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and Batman June 5 and 6 in David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center Festival


Eileen McMahon 212.875.5391

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Thrilling Cinematic Concert, Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Opens Lincoln Center Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, July 6–12, 2015


June 1, 2015 — In anticipation of the opening of Lincoln Center Festival this July with the acclaimed Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, this Friday, June 5, there will be a free screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure at 7 PM at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. The 1985 comedy was the first of many collaborations by composer Danny Elfman and director Tim Burton. On Saturday, June 6, the 1989 film Batman, which features Elfman’s iconic “The Batman Theme” will also be screened at no charge  at 7 PM. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Lincoln Center Festival opens on July 6 with Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, a multimedia orchestral experience of specially created suites from a majority of the film collaborations by the legendary composer and visionary director, combined with montages of film clips, sketches, drawings and storyboards edited by Burton. John Mauceri, one of the world’s foremost conductors of live film music, will lead a full orchestra and choir, with Danny Elfman making a special guest appearance. Audience members are encouraged to come to the performance dressed as their favorite character from the films.  There will be eight performances in Avery Fisher Hall through July 12.


For tickets, visit:  Tickets are also available via CenterCharge, 212.721.6500 and at the Festival box office located at Avery Fisher Hall, 65th Street and Broadway. For group sales call: 212.875.5378.


Lincoln Center Festival is made possible with support by American Express and major support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

July 6 –12, 2015

Eight performances, Avery Fisher Hall

Music Composed and Arranged by Danny Elfman

Films and Artwork by Tim Burton

John Mauceri, conductor

Sandy Cameron, violin


Free Films at the Atrium: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure on June 5 at 7 PM in David Rubenstein Atrium.

Free Films at the Atrium: Batman on June 6 at 7 PM in David Rubenstein Atrium.

Free Panel discussion on artistic process, featuring conductor John Mauceri and Sandy Cameron, violin soloist on July 9 at 6 PM in Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor).


Lincoln Center Festival opens with Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, a unique program of specially-created suites from many of the film collaborations by the legendary composer and visionary director, enhanced by visuals on a big screen of film clips, sketches, drawings and artwork edited by Burton. For nearly 30 years Elfman and Burton have collaborated on some of the most popular films of our times, including Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Alice in Wonderland, among others.  John Mauceri, one of the world’s foremost conductors of live film music, will lead an 87-piece orchestra and 45-person choir.  Danny Elfman will make a special guest appearance singing his songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Violinist Sandy Cameron will perform the Edward Scissorhands suite, written especially for her by Elfman. This concert premiered at London’s Royal Albert Hall, has been performed, seen and heard by more than 100,000 people around the globe in nine countries, including Tokyo, Switzerland, and Prague, and these shows will be the New York premiere performances.


Beginning with his first score for Tim Burton’s  Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, four-time Oscar nominee Danny Elfman has scored a broad range of films, including:  Milk, Good Will Hunting, Big Fish, Men in Black, Edward Scissorhands, Wanted, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mission: Impossible, Planet of the Apes, A Simple Plan, To Die For, Spider-Man (1 & 2), Batman, Dolores Claiborne, Sommersby, Chicago, Dick Tracy, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Alice in Wonderland. Most recently he has provided the music for David O. Russell’s award-winning American Hustle & Silver Linings Playbook, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, Rob Minkoff’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey and The End of The Tour.


A native of Los Angeles, Elfman grew up loving film music. He travelled the world as a young man, absorbing its diverse musical influences. He helped found the band Oingo Boingo, and came to the attention of a young Tim Burton, a native of Burbank, California, who asked him to write the score for his debut film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, in 1985. The score was a revelation, and an instantly identifiable musical personality had arrived. Over the years, the two men have forged one of the most fruitful composer-director collaborations in film history.


In addition to his film work, Elfman wrote the iconic theme music for the television series The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives. He also composed a ballet, Rabbit and Rogue, choreographed by Twyla Tharp, a symphony entitled Serenada Schizophrana, commissioned by American Composers Orchestra, which premiered at Carnegie Hall, an overture called The Overeager Overture, commissioned by John Mauceri for his farewell concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in 2006, and Iris, a Cirque du Soleil show.


Tim Burton has enjoyed great success in both the live-action and animation arenas. Most recently Burton directed and produced the critically acclaimed Big Eyes. Earlier in 2012 Burton directed the animated film Frankewnweenie and the gothic thriller Dark Shadows, based on the cult favorite television show. He also produced the fantasy horror Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which was directed by Timur Behmambetov. In 2010, he directed Alice in Wonderland, an epic fantasy based on the classic story by Lewis Carroll. The film earned more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest-grossing release of 2010. Alice in Wonderland also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture – Musical or Comedy, and won two Academy Awards, for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. Burton was previously honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature for the 2005 stop-motion film Corpse Bride, which he directed and produced. He earlier received BAFTA Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Director for the acclaimed fantasy drama Big Fish. More recently, Burton won a National Board of Review Award and garnered Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for his directing work on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which also won the Golden Globe for Best Film – Musical or Comedy. Burton began his film career in animation, and, in 1982, directed the stop-motion animated short Vincent, narrated by Vincent Price, which was an award winner on the film festival circuit. He made his feature film directorial debut in 1985 with the hit comedy Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. In 1988, Burton helmed the inventive comedy hit Beetlejuice. He then directed the action blockbuster Batman, which became the top-grossing film of 1989 and Batman Returns. In 1990, Burton directed, co-wrote and produced the romantic fantasy Edward Scissorhands, starring Johnny Depp. Their subsequent collaborations include the Burton-directed films Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, adapted from the classic tale by Washington Irving, and the worldwide smash Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which was based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book, and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.


John Mauceri is the recipient of a Grammy, Tony, Olivier, and three Emmy awards.  He has conducted at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper (Berlin), the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, all the major London orchestras, as well as l’Orchestre Nationale de France and the Israel Philharmonic. He is the Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which was created for him in 1991 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and conducted there for 16 seasons to a combined audience of four million people.

Mr. Mauceri has made over 80 commercial recordings, including the world premiere of Danny Elfman’s Serenada Schizophrana. The recent release of Music for Alfred Hitchcock has been unanimously praised and includes many first recordings of performing editions made by Mr. Mauceri. In 2015 he will perform Danny Elfman’s music in Adelaide, Paris, and Denver.

On Broadway, he was co-producer of On Your Toes and served as musical supervisor for Hal Prince’s production of Candide, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance with Bernadette Peters. He also conducted the orchestra for the film version of Evita. He served as music director of the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy for three years after completing seven years as music director of Scottish Opera, and is the first American ever to have held the post of music director of an opera house in either Great Britain or Italy. He was music director of the Washington (National) Opera as well as Pittsburgh Opera, and was the first music director of American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall after its legendary founding director, Leopold Stokowski, with whom he studied. For fifteen years he served on the faculty of his alma mater, Yale University and returned in 2001 to teach and conduct the official concert celebrating the university’s 300th anniversary. For 18 years, Mr. Mauceri worked closely with Leonard Bernstein and conducted many of the composer’s premieres at Bernstein’s request.

Deeply committed to preserving two American art forms, the Broadway musical, and Hollywood film scores, he has edited and performed a vast catalogue of restorations and first performances, including a full restoration of the original 1943 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, as well as performing editions of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Girl Crazy and Strike up the Band, Bernstein’s Candide and A Quiet Place, Marc Blitzstein’s Regina, and film scores by Miklos Rozsa, Franz Waxman, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman and Howard Shore. As one of two conductors in Decca Records’ award-winning series “Entartete Musik,” Mauceri made a number of historic first recordings of music banned by the Nazis. The intersection of the “degenerate composers” of Europe and the refugee composers of Hollywood is the subject of much of his research and his writings. In addition, Mr. Mauceri has conducted significant premieres of works by Verdi, Debussy, Hindemith, Ives, Stockhausen, and Weill. From 2006-2013 he served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts.


Performance schedule: July 6 at 8PM; July 8 at 7:30 PM; July 9 at 7:30 PM; July 10 at 7 PM; July 11 at 2 and 8 PM; July 12 at 2 and 8 PM.

Running time: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission.




Now in its 20th season, Lincoln Center Festival has received worldwide attention for presenting some of the broadest and most original performing arts programs in Lincoln Center’s history. The Festival has presented nearly 1,371 performances of opera, music, dance, theater, and interdisciplinary forms by internationally acclaimed artists from more than 50 countries. To date, the Festival has commissioned more than 42 new works and offered some 142 world, U.S., and New York premieres. It places particular emphasis on showcasing contemporary artistic viewpoints and multidisciplinary works that challenge the boundaries of traditional performance.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations.  In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012. For more information, visit or


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Lincoln Center Festival lead support is provided by American Express


Major Support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Lincoln Center Festival 2015 is also made possible by The Shubert Foundation, Nancy A. Marks, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia, Jennie and Richard DeScherer, The Grand Marnier Foundation, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), The Joelson Foundation, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.


Public support for Festival 2015 is provided the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts.


Endowment support is provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Nancy Abeles Marks.


MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center


United Airlines is a Supporter of Lincoln Center


WABC-TV is a Supporter of Lincoln Center


Artist Catering provided by Zabar’s and


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