Veteran composer Mark Isham and two of his younger colleagues, Cindy O’Connor and Michael Simon, were Emmy-nominated for their music for the final episode of ABC’s long-running fantasy series Once Upon a Time. Walt Disney Records sponsored an event honoring them on Thursday in Hollywood and I was happy to conduct a brief Q&A with the composers as well as series producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. AFM Local 47 also honored them for recording all 156 episodes of the score with L.A. musicians (a rarity in series TV these days). Disney is releasing a seventh-season soundtrack album.
Here‘s a preview of an all-Disney-music concert that John Mauceri conducted at L.A.’s Disney Hall in 2009. This was a great opportunity to review some of the hits from the Disney canon as well as having the experts (Mauceri, Ross Care, Thomas Schumacher) chime in on the symphonic nature of many of the early Disney scores.