HOLLYWOOD IN VIENNA: 
THE WORLD OF JAMES HORNER
Varèse Sarabande Blu-ray
Coming June, 2016

On June 22 it will have been one year since we lost James Horner in a tragic plane crash. It was an unimaginable loss. A brilliant composer with a legendary career, so busy and so vital to his film music community, lost so suddenly. There was a profound and deeply felt grief that was shared by so many. An excerpt from the Facebook text of producer Robert Townson wrote expressing his own sadness from that terrible evening:

“James was embracing and beginning a whole new chapter of his musical life — concert music composition and live performance. I cherish the time and opportunity I had with him at Hollywood In Vienna in 2013. I conducted a symposium for one hour and twenty minutes, discussing James’ memories of certain films and the creative process of composing. James teared up three times during our talk and he told me that the concert tribute to him there was the first time he had heard his film music in a concert hall. The whole trip to Vienna was a very emotional experience for James, who had a special tie to the city through his father, who spent his youth there. The event was something of a pilgrimage for James. It was an honor to speak with him and an absolute joy to sit three seats from him and watch him enjoy a concert of highlights of his life’s work. The concert was brilliantly conducted by David Newman.”

In the following days Robert heard from so many people who found so much solace in seeing photos and footage of this concert, and this made a great impression on him. Robert knew that this was a concert that had to be shared and had to be available to James’ fans around the world. And now it is! 

Coming in June will be Varèse Sarabande’s first Blu-ray release

Hollywood In Vienna: The World of James Horner 

A deluxe presentation in every way. 

The Blu-ray includes:

- The complete concert in HD and DTS 5.1 surround sound

- The 75-minute symposium Robert Townson conducted with James

- A 32-page full color booklet with notes and photos on the whole historic and very moving celebration of James Horner in Vienna

"Hollywood in Vienna: The World of James Horner" concert was produced by Sandra Tomek. The program included music from James’ most-loved scores including Avatar, Titanic, Braveheart, Willow, The Rocketeer, An American Tail, A Beautiful Mind and many more. I am so happy to finally be able to share the images, the memories and the music that I have cherished myself, so much over the last year. In memory of James, and for his countless fans all over the world… Hollywood In Vienna: The World of James Horner – A Varèse Sarabande Blu-ray." – Robert Townson