It was announced today, Feb. 8 that Emmy award winning composer William Ross will be conducting the orchestra at the upcoming Oscars later this month. This will be Ross' fourth time leading the prestigious orchestra for the Academy Awards. He has won two Primetime Emmys for his previous work on the Oscar stage.
Ross is an American composer, arranger and conductor. He has worked with various musical artists including Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bochelli, Celine Dion and Sting. He composed the musical scores for three films: "Tuck Everlasting," "My Dog Skip" and "Ladder 49." He also worked with composer John Williams for the musical score of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."
Along with conducing the Oscar orchestra in 2007, 2009 and 2011, Ross was the chosen conductor for Barbra Streisand's world tour in 2006. He also won a primetime Emmy in 2009 for Outstanding Musical Direction for "Streisand: Live in Concert." No, doubt this news will be good news for Streisand, as it has been previously released by the Academy Awards that Streisand will return to the Oscar stage to sing for the first time since her 1977 performance of her Oscar-winning song "Evergreen" from her film "A Star is Born."
The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 24 and will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The night will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC and will be televised in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com