American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers celebrate 80 years Mar. 1 at Skirball Center

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Special guest participants include Monica Mancini, Alan Bergman, Bill Conti, Tierney Sutton, Maria Newman, Michael Dees, William Ross, Jorge Calandrelli and Nan Schwartz

The American Society of Music Arrangers (ASMAC) will celebrate their 80th Anniversary on Sunday, March 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

“In addition to celebrating and presenting a tribute to 80 years of wonderful music created by our award winning arrangers, composers and orchestrators, ASMAC is honored to recognize the multi Grammy Award winning music producer, songwriter and composer, Walter Afanasieff, with our 2018 President’s Award,” announced Gayle Levant, President of ASMAC.

Afanasieff won his first Grammy for Record of the Year in 1999 producing “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. With numerous gold albums and awards, he has worked with countless top artists and has just finished collaborating with Barbra Streisand on a new album yet to be released.

The 80th Celebration is a musical and video review of the wonderful sounds created by many of ASMAC’s past presidents and award winners since 1938 – from founding President Robert Russell Bennett, through Hugo Friedhofer, Alfred Newman and the Newman family, Van Alexander, Hank Mancini, Irwin Kostal, Joe Harnell, Lyle ‘Spud’ Murphy, Billy May, Jon and Ray Charles, Johnny Mandel, Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, Duane Tatro, Quincy Jones and more.

Special guest participants will include Jorge Calandrelli, Monica Mancini, Alan Bergman, William Ross, Tierney Sutton, Maria Newman, Michael Dees, Julie Bernstein, Rob Paulsen and Randy Rogel from Animaniacs fame, Nan Schwartz, Adam Aejaye Jackson, Gayle Levant, Chris Walden, Randy Waldman, the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra and others.

The event begins with a reception at 6:30pm, followed by a concert/program at 8pm – all at Skirball Center, Magnin Auditorium, 2701 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets are $150 and $250, with sponsorships and tribute ads also available. For information visit ASMAC.org or call (818) 994-4661.

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