SOURCE: Manhattan Center Studios

November 05, 2013 08:00 ET

Manhattan Center Hosts Celebrated Composer Elliot Goldenthal

Composer Calls Log Cabin and Grand Ballroom 'a Perfect Environment Acoustically'

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 05, 2013) - Elliot Goldenthal has been dubbed "the thinking man's composer" by film-music collectors. A student of Aaron Copland and John Corigliano, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2002 for his score to the motion picture Frida, directed by his long-time partner Julie Taymor.

Recently, the celebrated composer spent some time in Manhattan Center's Studio Four, better known as the "Log Cabin." Goldenthal and Ms. Taymor, along with various child actors, were engaged in recording activities related to Ms. Taymor's new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, currently running at Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn.

However, this was far from Goldenthal's first work at Manhattan Center. For Frida, the orchestra recorded the movie's soundtrack in the Grand Ballroom, and the score for Michael Collins -- another Goldenthal composition -- was also recorded and mixed on the premises. For the film Across the Universe -- also directed by Taymor -- Goldenthal's score was recorded in the Grand Ballroom and mixed in the Log Cabin. The stereo release for the soundtrack album was also mixed at Manhattan Center.

Mr. Goldenthal said, "The tandem of the Log Cabin and the Grand Ballroom within the same building gives me, whether working on orchestral or intimate projects, a combination of a perfect environment acoustically and a welcomed place to realize all my musical objectives."

Goldenthal has written works for concert hall, theater, dance and film. The composer's theater works include the Tony Award-winning carnival mass Juan Darièn and The Green Bird.

About the Log Cabin

The Log Cabin combines the ease and efficiency of digital technology with a Pro Tools HD Accel system, to the proven warmth and musicality of a best-of-breed 72-channel analog mixing console, complete with classic outboard gear and the latest plugins. A self-contained studio complete with a spacious live room, isolated drum booth, lounge, and kitchen, the Log Cabin is a producer's, artist's and engineer's dream studio.

About Manhattan Center

Centrally located in the heart of New York City, at 311 West 34th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, Manhattan Center ( strives for excellence with every event. The extensive facilities include recording and television production studios in addition to the famed Hammerstein and Grand Ballrooms. Manhattan Center has been the facility of choice for household name artists, composers, concert promoters, municipality and political parties, television events, fashion shows, corporations, not-for-profits, record companies and worldwide and local organizations. 

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