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Dr. Norman Ludwin, UCLA Extension School professor, orchestrator and author, spoke to a large audience of students and community members on Sunday, October 4 at the Fenway Center. Dr. Ludwin gave a behind the scenes look at the work of orchestration techniques and methods routinely used to help bring a film composer’s score to life. He also described the daily working life as an orchestrator (and bass player) for several of Michael Giacchino’s film scores, having recently worked on the films Inside Out, Jurassic World, and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Along with examples of successful orchestrations, he also shared side by side comparisons of “bad orchestrations” and followed up with alternative techniques.

L to R Patrick Hollenbeck (President of the Boston Musicians’ Associaton), Norman Ludwin and Prof. Bradley Hatfield

The event was co-sponsored by the Department of Music at Northeastern University, and the Boston Musicians’ Association (local 9-535 of the American Federation of Musicians.)