*For the first time in 85 years, Oscar is hosting a live concert featuring songs that have been nominated for awards this year.
Jill Scott is among the performers tapped for the event, set to take place at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Feb. 27. Presented by the motion picture academy, the concert will feature ll five original scores performed by an 80-piece orchestra conducted by each nominated composer, plus performances of the four original songs up for Oscars this year.
Scott is set to sing Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2″ during the original songs segment. ”Let It Go” from “Frozen” will be performed by its writers, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Performers for U2’s “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela” and Karen O’s “The Moon Song” from “Her” will be announced soon.
The nominated songs’ original performers, including Pharrell and “Let It Go” singer Idina Menzel are set to perform on the March 2 Academy Awards telecast.
During the original scores segment, five-time Oscar winner John Williams will conduct his score for “The Book Thief”; Arcade Fire’s William Butler and Owen Pallett will conduct their music for “Her”; 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman will perform “Saving Mr. Banks”; Steven Price will handle his work for “Gravity” and six-time nominee Alexandre Desplat will perform his music for “Philomena.”
Each nominated composer is preparing a “suite,” a composition that uses elements from the film score, specifically for the show, and each will discuss their work onstage. Imagery from the films associated with the music will be displayed on a big screen, but no film clips will be shown so there is no distraction from the performances, Fox said.
The show is open to the public, with tickets at Ticketmaster for $75 or $100. While the inaugural Oscar Concert won’t be televised, the plan is to make the program an annual event broadcast on TV and cinecast — projected in movie theaters — across the globe.
“We expect to have a full house very quickly because it’s really a one-of-a-kind concert,” said Charles Fox, governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ music branch. “It’s never been done before and it’s featuring some of the world’s best composers.”
“We hope it’s going to be an annual thing because every year there’s such a great level of quality music being written for film, and it goes out to the whole world,” he said.