Composer George Clinton Returns Home For Hooray For Hollywood

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Award-winning composer and Chattanooga native George S. Clinton will conduct the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra on April 10 in a Hooray For Hollywood program featuring two of his most celebrated movie scores. The groovy “Shagadelic Suite” from the Austin Powers movies and the world-premiere of the suite from the Emmy Award-winning Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee featuring legendary flutist John Two-Hawks will be performed at the Tivoli Theatre.

Special guest is his daughter Jess Clinton who rounds out the evening by performing her song “Converging Of The Senses.”

Ticket prices are $19-$79. Tickets can be purchased by phone, call 267-8583 and on the internet at www.chattanoogasymphony.com.

Born and raised in Chattanooga, Mr. Clinton began his musical career in Nashville while earning degrees in music and drama at Middle Tennessee State University. Today he is one of Hollywood’s go-to guys when you want innovative music for a film. His versatility across genres is displayed in films such as Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and its blockbuster sequels, the Emmy-winning Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee and 2010’s Tooth Fairy starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd and Julie Andrews.

“My mother brought me to the Tivoli as a young child,” recalls Mr. Clinton. “The first orchestra I ever heard was the Chattanooga Symphony. To be back in my hometown as an adult, conducting this wonderful orchestra, performing my music- well it doesn't get much better than that.”

Performed live for the first time, the Emmy-nominated score to Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee accurately reflects the Native American culture conveyed in the film. In order to portray the forced assimilation of Native Americans during the time period, Mr. Clinton intertwined the flute performed by John Two-Hawks and the piano to thematically represent both the Native American and so-called "civilized" dispositions of main character Charles Eastman.

Mr. Clinton wrote the 120-minute score within a mere four weeks. John Two-Hawks, a Lakota Indian is a Grammy Award nominated flutist, performs on the film’s score. The master flutist has performed worldwide.

After graduation Mr. Clinton attended the Atlanta Pop Festival. Upon hearing Joe Cocker perform "With a Little Help from My Friends,” he was motivated to leave his native Chattanooga, bound for Los Angeles and ready to rock and roll. As a staff writer for Warner Brothers Music, Mr. Clinton’s songs were recorded by Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker and Smokey Robinson. The George Clinton Band released four major label albums.

Other noteworthy projects include Zalman King's "Red Shoe Diaries," John Waters's "A Dirty Shame," Tim Allen's "Joe Somebody," Kevin Costner's "3000 Miles to Graceland," "The Astronaut's Wife" starring Charlize Theron and Johnny Depp, and the sexy thriller "Wild Things."


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