Conductor John Mauceri, composer Danny Elfman, and violinist Sandy Cameron at the Prague world premiere of Elfman’s new concerto for violin and orchestra.

Former Oingo Boingo front man Danny Elfman is a four-time Oscar-nominated composer for film and television, best known for his 16-film collaboration with director Tim Burton and his scores for films such as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mission: Impossible, and Batman. He's also written a new violin concerto, Eleven Eleven, which will be the highlight of the March 10 & 11 program by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Symphonic Chorus, and the Stanford University Singers.

Elfman spoke to film music journalist Tim Greiving for KUSC before leaving for Prague for the concerto's world premiere last June. He talks about how a high-school dropout and self-taught musician became one of Hollywood’s top film composers and why his strange, circuitous path from rock star to film composer has now led to him crashing into the concert hall.

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Upcoming Event: Mar 10 &11
Bing Concert Hall
Stanford Symphony Orchestra: New violin concerto by Danny Elfman