Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves will help composer Michael Giacchino celebrate the half-century mark during his 50th birthday concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall next month.
Giacchino, whose most recent credits include Rogue One, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, has worked with Abrams since the ABC series Alias and later on Lost, and he composed the scores for the director’s reboot of Star Trek, as well as Mission: Impossible 3 and Super 8.
The composer has worked four times with Reeves, first on 2008’s Cloverfield, then on 2010’s vampire tale Let Me In, and finally on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and this summer’s War for the Planet of the Apes.
The birthday concert will be held at the iconic venue on Oct. 20, and will feature a live performances and stories about the makings of the films and their music.
“I am honored that these incredible filmmakers are taking the time out of their schedules to join me,” Giacchino said in a statement. “In many ways, this is their show as well, because it was their vision and storytelling that inspired the music we’ll be performing with the Cinematic Sinfonia that evening.”
Other filmmakers who have already been announced as part of the program: Brad Bird, who worked with Giacchino on Ratatouille and The Incredibles (and its upcoming sequel), Lost producer Carlton Cuse, Up and Inside Out director Pete Docter, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, and John Carter’s Andrew Stanton, as well as Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow.
The evening will be hosted by Adam Savage, of MythBusters fame, and Giacchino will share conducting duties with maestro Ludwig Wicki. Among the performers will be the string-quartet Bond, playing a new arrangement of Giacchino’s heartbreaking opening number from Up, the film that earned him the Academy Award.
Ticket information can be found here. Part of the sales from the concert will benefit the Royal Albert Hall’s Education & Outreach projects.