American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers celebrates 80 years

The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) will celebrate their 80th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

“In addition to celebrating and presenting a tribute to 80 years of wonderful music created by our award winning arrangers, composers and orchestrators, ASMAC is honored to recognize the multi Grammy Award-winning music producer, songwriter and composer Walter Afanasieff with our 2018 President’s Award,” announced Gayle Levant, President of ASMAC.

Walter Afanasieff won his first Grammy for Record of the Year in 1999 producing “My Heart will Go On” sung by Celine Dion.  With numerous gold albums and awards, he has worked with countless top artists in the industry  including Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Andrea Bocelli, Kenny G, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Lionel Richie, and Christina Aguilera, to mention a few.  Walter has just finished collaborating with Barbra Streisand on her most recent album which has yet to be released.

The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers, originally known as ASMA, was founded in 1938. Throughout the years, the organization has provided a home for arrangers, composers and orchestrators, all of whom continue to share their knowledge with others through informative programs, competitions, scholarships, events, and mentoring, plus networking opportunities to students and professionals alike.

The 80th Celebration will be a musical and video review of the wonderful sounds created by many of ASMAC’s past presidents and award winners since 1938 — from founding President Robert Russell Bennett, through Hugo Friedhofer, Alfred Newman and the Newman family, Van Alexander, Hank Mancini, Irwin Kostal, Joe Harnell, Lyle “Spud” Murphy, Billy May, Jon & Ray Charles, Johnny Mandel, Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, Duane Tatro, Quincy Jones and more. Special guest participants will include Jorge Calandrelli, Monica Mancini, Tierney Sutton, Michael Dees, Adam Aejaye Jackson, Julie Bernstein, Randy Rogel, Rob Paulson, Randy Waldman, the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra and more.

The event begins with a reception at 2 p.m. followed by the concert/program beginning at 3 p.m. – all taking place at the Skirball Center, Magnin Auditorium, 2701 Sepulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles. Tickets are $150 and $250, with sponsorships and tribute ads also available.  For more information, visit www.asmac.org, or call 818-994-4661.

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