‘Mission: Impossible’ Composer Lalo Schifrin to Celebrate 85th Birthday Concert

Legendary composer, musician, conductor and six-time Oscar nominee Lalo Schifrin (“Mission: Impossible”) will celebrate his 85th birthday with a special concert in his honor Oct. 7 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

The concert will feature special guests including Oscar winning Composer Michael Giacchino (“Up”) and Oscar-winning songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman (“Windmills of Your Mind,” “The Way We Were”), and several surprises. Chris Walden will conduct an all-star big band performing many of Schifrin’s best-known works in a program hosted by Robert Townson of Varèse Sarabande, who says: “Lalo is one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and when it comes to film music he has always been the epitome of cool at the movies.”

Local 47 President John Acosta explains the significance of the concert: “This is the inaugural concert by the AFM and Local 47 to celebrate a composer and their legacy. Lalo has been a member of the union for nearly 50 years since coming to the U.S. Thousands of AFM members have worked with him and there is a real connection with the music community. Lalo Schifrin is an inspiration and we are thrilled to honor him.”

Lalo Schifrin has scored over 100 films, including “Bullitt,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “Dirty Harry,” “The Cincinnati Kid” and “The Competition,” and he is best known for his “Mission: Impossible” theme. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Schifrin began studying piano at the age of 6. At 20, he was awarded a scholarship to study music at the Paris Conservatory. After moving to the U.S., Schifrin performed and arranged music for both Dizzy Gillespie and Xavier Cugat before composing for film and television.

Musicians at Play Foundation and AFM Local 47’s Music Fund of Los Angeles are presenting the event in association with Varèse Sarabande. Proceeds from the concert benefit music education in schools and assist professional musicians in crisis. For Tickets call (818) 243-ALEX (2539) or visit alextheatre.org.