July 31, 2008

Second Belfast Date for Theme Maestro


Ennio Morricone - the maestro behind such well-known theme tunes as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and The Mission - is set to open this year's Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's with a special concert at the Waterfront Hall on October 17.

Such has been the demand for tickets that the show sold out within just one week.

But there is good news for those who have not been able to get their hands on tickets for the show as festival organisers have now added a second date.

These will be the Italian maestro's only UK and Ireland engagements this year.

Tickets for the concert on October 18 go on sale today and can be booked online at www.belfastfestival.com or by phoning the Waterfront Hall on 028 9033 4455.

"It is clear that fans can't get enough of Morricone and we are delighted to have secured a second date," said Graeme Farrow, Director of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's.

"To avoid disappointment, fans will need to book early.

"Morricone has an immense following of music lovers across the globe. He is worshipped by names as diverse as Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Goldfrapp, Quincy Jones, Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming and Celine Dion.

"As he performs live so rarely, we expect fans to travel from far and wide to see him in action. We're proud of the contribution the festival makes to the local economy and we expect that an act of the calibre of Morricone will make Belfast a must-visit destination for a lot of people in October this year."

Ennio Morricone has won five BAFTAs for Best Score and been nominated five times for an Oscar. He finally received an Honorary Academy Award in 2007 "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music". He is only the second composer in Oscar history to be honoured with such an award.

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