CCM welcomes distinguished UC alumnus Randy Edelman (CCM ’69, HonDoc ’04) back to Corbett Auditorium for one unforgettable evening beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. A prominent singer, songwriter, arranger and film scorer, Edelman will bring his film scores to life during this special event concert featuring CCM’s acclaimed Philharmonia Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.
As a singer/songwriter, Edelman has recorded dozens of solo albums and has toured with popular music acts like the Carpenters and Frank Zappa. His pop songs have been covered by major recording artists including Barry Manilow (“Weekend in New England”) and Olivia Newton-John (“If Love is Real”).
Edelman has also composed over 100 scores for television and film. He wrote the theme to, and scored many episodes of television’s MacGyver and scored dozens of major motion pictures, including The Last of the Mohicans, Gettysburg and DragonHeart. CCM’s Philharmonia and Jazz Ensemble will present these and other works during the Jan. 27 concert event. Edelman, Mark Gibson and Scott Belck conduct.
“I put my complete heart and soul into every one of these scores,” says Edelman, “regardless what style the film is – old-fashioned, animated, a comedy or some little intimate thing.”
Watch Edelman conduct music from the major motion picture DragonHeart at the 2010 Ubeda Film Music Festival in Spain below.
About Randy Edelman
Randy Edelman grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he studied piano at an early age and gave many recitals locally. After high school graduation he enrolled at CCM where he majored in piano and composition. While in Cincinnati he began freelancing as a music arranger at James Brown’s King Records, and also wrote original music for regional theatre.
Upon graduation Edelman headed back to New York where he signed on as a staff writer at CBS April Blackwood Music. He also began playing piano in Broadway pit orchestras and continued his interest as a music arranger. He went out on the road as Music Director for many entertainers. While traveling, Edelman began writing both his own music and lyrics, beginning a decade of producing and writing his own solo albums.
The albums led to Edelman’s appearances as opening solo act to such diverse groups as The Carpenters and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. His songs began being recorded by such popular recording artists as Barry Manilow (“Weekend In New England”), Olivia Newton-John, Patti LaBelle, The Carpenters, The 5th Dimension, Jackie DeShannon, Blood Sweat and Tears, Kool and The Gang, Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) and Bing Crosby to name a few. The subsequent success of his records in the United Kingdom led to appearances on the Top of the Pops, concerts at the London Palladium and Drury Lane Theaters, and tours throughout Europe, Japan and Australia.
Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Edelman became interested in using his background as a classical musician and arranger to pursue his interest in film scoring. In between his album recording he began scoring several television and feature films. His TV scoring work included MacGyver, Maximum Security, Mr. Sunshine and The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. to name but a few. Children’s projects included PBS Wonderworks, the Care Bears album and several award-winning after school specials.
His scores have been performed by such symphonies as Boston Pops, Charleston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and the London Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Several years ago, Edelman’s symphonic piece “Transcontinental” was introduced for the first time by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops. His score from The Last Of The Mohicans was nominated for both the British Academy Award and the Golden Globe. His movie themes have become a backbone of sports broadcasts. He has written the NBC’s NFL Football Theme, ESPN’s Sports Century documentary series theme, and the on-air Olympic theme for NBC. His scores have opened the Super Bowl and closed the Olympic broadcast for which he received an Emmy Award.
In 2003 Edelman received BMI’s highest honor, the Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Career Achievement.
In June 2004 Edelman was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati. In 2005 Randy had his biggest chart record with Nelly’s “My Place.” It reached #1 on Billboard’s Rap and Hip Hop charts, and #4 on the Pop chart. In 2007, Edelman was nominated by the IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) for “Best Original Score For Television” for ABC’s mini-series The Ten Commandments.
He recently scored Disney’s live action Underdog, Focus Features Balls Of Fury, Fox’s 27 Dresses, and Universal’s Mummy 3, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Edelman’s song, “Weekend in New England,” was recently featured in the hit film Paul Blart, Mall Cop.
In 2010 he completed scoring Leap Year in London starring Amy Adams. He has traveled this summer doing film scoring seminars in Tel Aviv, Israel, at Spain’s Ubeda Music Festival (where he conducted his Dragon Trilogy) and at the Sundance Institute chaired by Robert Redford. He is currently finishing the score to the documentary Na Nai’a The Legend of the Dolphins and the independent feature The Greening of Whitney Brown. In 2011 he was awarded the Gold Spirit Award, named in honor of Jerry Goldsmith, for Leap Year, as Best Comedy Score. His album of new original songs The Pacific Flow to Abbey Road has been released by Cherry Red Records in the UK and Varese Sarabande Records in the US.
7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets to “CCM Goes to the Movies with Randy Edelman” are $12 general admission, $6 non-UC students and FREE for UC students.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.
Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Community Partner: ArtsWave