promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

Music by Max Steiner—Part 2

LA 12 PM  NY 3 PM  UK 8 PM  


Music by Max Steiner—Part 2


Steven C. SmithGary GiddinsJohn W. Morgan, Conrad Pope and William Stromberg


24-time Academy Award nominee and three-time winner Max Steiner is widely recognized as the first composer of the sound film era to establish the language and grammar of film scoring. But until recently, Steiner’s colorful, adventurous life has mostly been an untold story. Join ASMAC on Saturday, 1/23, as author-documentarian Steven C. Smith hosts a celebration of Steiner’s remarkable life and career, which included scoring such classics as Casablanca, King Kong, Gone with the Wind, Now, Voyager, The Big Sleep, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and over 200 other titles.
Steven, author of the new book Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer, will explore Steiner’s approach to composing and orchestration; share newly unearthed stories about his work with David O. Selznick, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, and others; and discuss Steiner’s pioneering work with special guests that include composer Conrad Pope, Peabody-winning author Gary Giddins, and composers John Morgan and William T. Stromberg, who have spent decades reconstructing and re-recording Steiner’s music.




Steven C. Smith is an award-winning author and Emmy-nominated documentary producer who specializes in Hollywood history. He is the author of two biographies: Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer (Oxford University Press), and A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann (University of California Press). The latter received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, and was the main research source for the Academy Award-nominated documentary Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann.

Steven has produced and written over 200 documentaries for television and other media. They include The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to SalzburgThe Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of ArabiaA Place for Us: West Side Story’s Legacy; and Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood. Steven lives in Los Angeles.


Author and historian Gary Giddins has written essays on music and film for The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe New YorkerEsquire, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He has received a National Book Critics Circle Award for Visions of Jazz, a Jazz Journalists Association Lifetime Achievement Award, a Guggenheim, Peabody, and Grammy, two Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Awards, and six ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for Excellence in Music Criticism. 

Giddins has written and directed three documentaries, and appeared in many others, notably Ken Burns’s Jazz. His books are Riding on a Blue NoteRhythm-a-ningFaces in the CrowdSatchmoCelebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie ParkerVisions of JazzBing Crosby: A Pocketful of DreamsWeather BirdNatural SelectionJazz (with Scott DeVeaux), Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema, and Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star. His textbook Jazz is used at universities across the country. He is now at work on a study of George Gershwin. 


John Morgan is a film composer who has scored over twenty features and many television and radio projects. With William Stromberg, he wrote scores for Starship Troopers 2Trinity and BeyondRay Harryhausen: The Early Years, and Cinerama Adventure. Since the late 1970s, he has also orchestrated for such composers as Fred Steiner, Bruce Broughton, and Alex North.
Morgan's passion for the music of Hollywood's golden age led him to arrange or reconstruct over seventy classic scores. These include music by Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman, Franz Waxman, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Hans Salter, Victor Young, and Roy Webb. These reconstructions have been recorded and released on over forty albums and CDs by Naxos, BMG, Marco Polo, and Tribute Film Classics.

Today, few music professionals are as esteemed as Conrad Pope is for his first-hand, comprehensive command of the many facets of film. Among his peers, he is not only regarded as a “musician’s musician,” but as an imaginative musical dramatist who makes essential contributions to the emotional core of every film: its music.

Pope was classically trained at the New England Conservatory, Princeton University and in Europe. After receiving the George Chadwick Medal, the school’s highest honor, upon his graduation from the New England Conservatory, Pope went on to study at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik and at Tanglewood before completing graduate studies at Princeton University.

When he arrived in Hollywood, the industry’s top musical professionals soon recognized his uncanny ability to recreate different styles of music, leading to many arranging assignments of source music, as well as orchestrating and ghostwriting for many major motion pictures.

Pope’s passionate commitment to telling a film’s story with persuasive and compelling music has made him one of the most in demand scoring professionals. Such canny top guns as John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, John Powell, Hans Zimmer, and Mark Isham have all called upon his gifts as an arranger, orchestrator and conductor.

The iconic hits and contemporary classic films Pope has contributed to are too numerous to list. A small sample includes: three installments of the Star Wars films (The Phantom Menace, The Attack of the Clones, The Revenge of the Sith) the Harry Potter series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek: Nemesis, the Matrix films, Memoirs of a Geisha, Julie and Julia, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, A Christmas Carol and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

Along with his orchestrations and arrangements, Pope is one of the most exciting, original voices in contemporary film scoring. He has worked on films of every genre, such as The Wolfman, No Reservations and Seabiscuit.

In addition to working in Hollywood, Conrad is also active in the contemporary music world, and his work has garnered international attention: his “Sonata for Violoncello Alone” was the American entry in the Paris Biennale, and his “Summer Sketches” appears regularly on orchestra concerts throughout the United States. In spring of 2006, standing ovation and critical acclaim greeted the premiere of Pope’s orchestral work “Purple Prose” with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Eckart Preu.

Among the awards his work has received are the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship, while grants include: the New York State Arts Council, the MacDowell Foundation, the Alice Ditson Foundation, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the Whiting Foundation and Meet the Composer. Pope was also awarded First Prize by the Pacific Composers Forum Composition Competition.


GRAMMY-nominated conductor William Stromberg has composed and conducted music for many films, including the documentary Trinity and Beyond, Starship Troopers 2, Bugs and Army of the Dead for the Sci-Fi Channel, and most recently the documentary film The Battle of Bunker Hill. He has conducted and orchestrated regularly for many Hollywood composers such as Rolfe Kent, Joseph LoDuca, Elia Cmiral, and Marco Beltrami, including the scores for Legally Blonde, Nurse Betty, The Triangle, The Messengers, and Mimic. William composed and orchestrated music for Steven Spielberg's Tiny Toon Adventures and Batman: The Animated Series. In the summer of 2001 he toured with the rock group Yes for the Yes Symphonic Tour across America, composing the overture for the show and conducting the orchestra onstage with the band.

William has also been heavily involved in performing classic film music, conducting scores by such eminent composers as Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. He has conducted much Americana concert music by such composers as Ferde Grofé, Robert Russell Bennett, and Meredith Willson. 


Event Date Saturday, April 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date Saturday, April 3, 2021 8:00 am
Cut off date Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:00 pm
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