Past Concerts

Chasing IceSaturday, February 22, 2014—7:30 PM
Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder

J. RALPH, composer & vocalist

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Butterman, Music Director

In celebration of the Boulder International Film Festival’s 10th anniversary, this family-friendly concert features classic music from Oscar-winning and nominated films, along with movie excerpts to be presented on a large screen above the stage.

Highlights include music by J. Ralph written for two acclaimed movies from Boulder's own film community: Chasing Ice, the climate change documentary about photographer James Balog nominated in 2012 for Best Original Song ("Before My Time," which will be sung by J. Ralph), and The Cove, 2009 winner for Best Documentary produced by the Boulder-based Oceanic Preservation Society.

You’ll also hear music from On Golden Pond (written by Boulder favorite Dave Grusin), Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Wizard of Oz and more.

6:30 PM - FREE Pre-Concert Talk at Macky with composer J. Ralph; producer Paula DuPre Pesman; Brad Weismann from the Boulder International Film Festival; and Music Director Michael Butterman.

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Michael Butterman on KGNU's 'A Classic Monday' with Ron Nadel:

(subject to change)

Arr. Tyzik   Great Westerns Suite (The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, Silverado, Dances with Wolves)

KORNGOLD   The Adventures of Robin Hood

arr. Tyzik   The Wizard of Oz: Orchestral Suite

LIADOV   Metropolis: Opening Scene (with film) (Baba Yaga)

HUNTER   The Numberlys (with film) - Colorado premiere of a new short film from Academy Award-winning Moonbot Studios

        ~ Intermission ~

WILLIAMS    Harry Potter: Harry's Wondrous World

LAI, LEGRAND/Mancini    The French Collection  (Thomas Crown Affair, A Man and a Woman, Love Story, The Summer of ’42)

GRUSIN/Lowden   On Golden Pond: Main Theme

   Suite No. 3, with photography montage by James Balog from Chasing Ice

J. RALPH   "Before My Time" from Chasing Ice

J. RALPH   Music from The Cove (with film)

BADELT/Rickets   Pirates of the Caribbean


J. RALPH (American born NY; 1975) is a Academy Award® nominated composer, singer/songwriter and producer from New York City who's music has sold more than 10 million records worldwide and reached the No.1 spot on the billboard top 100 chart in over 22 countries. His professional career began with the signing to Atlantic Records at age 22 to one of the biggest deals ever granted to a new recording artist. He is the founder of the internationally award winning music production company, The Rumor Mill, and has written and produced the music for numerous Grammy Award winning artists, Oscar® winning films, symphony orchestras, over one thousand TV commercials and The President of The United States, Barack Obama.

Described by The Hollywood Reporter as the "go-to producer of documentary film scores", J. Ralph is considered by many to have had profound effect on the medium. Incredibly he has written and produced the music for 4 out of the last 5 Oscar winning/nominated documentary feature films including Man on Wire (2009), The Cove (2010), Hell and Back Again (2012), and Chasing Ice (2013) for which he received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Original Song". In the 85 year history of the Academy Awards, J. Ralph's song "Before My Time", performed by Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell from Chasing Ice, is one of only three songs ever to be nominated for an Oscar from a documentary.

Other notable works are the orchestral memoir, The Illusionary Movements of Geraldine & Nazu which was recorded with a 75-piece orchestra featuring players from the New York and Czech Philharmonics, The orchestral commission Fanfare for the Uncommon Eli & Mr. Greene, performed by Ohio’s Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and the score for Marilyn Minter's installation Green Pink Caviar on exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and featured in the Destricted film series along with Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, Gaspar Noe, Larry Clark, and Cecily Brown.

J. Ralph is the founder and creative director of scoring collective The Rumor Mill. The production company creates scores, songs, and musical identities for films, artists, and brands. Internationally recognized, they have won every major top honor and award including the Cannes Lion, Clio, AICP, LIAA, The One Show and a Grandy. Their music has been featured in the biggest television events of the world including the Olympics, the Academy Awards, the Super Bowl, the Grammys, the Emmys, the Golden Globes, The NBA playoffs, and the World Series.

J. Ralph is completely self-taught and does not read or write a single note of music. He is a fellow of Yale University, a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the only composer ever to win two consecutive A.I.C.P. awards. Several of his works are included in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection of film and media in New York City.