Off the Hooks Arts Presents… WinterFest 2018: The Sea Hawk Film
Off the Hook Arts celebrates film and music of the 1930’s and 40’s in their Fourth Annual WinterFest week! This year’s fest features two great composers that fled Europe, settled in Hollywood and helped bring film to where it is today through their additions to film scores.
Join us for the full Hollywood classic movie, The Sea Hawk, featuring Errol Flynn in his swashbuckling splendor and film score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. First, get a brief introduction about the significance of this film and the omposer from our host, modern day Hollywood film score composer and Assistant Professor of Digital Media Composition and Music Theory at UNC, Ludek Drizhal.
An award-winning composer, conductor and music producer, Ludek Drizhal has received international acclaim for his wide-ranging scores and arrangements. Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Drizhal started studying violin at age five. Shortly before turning twenty Drizhal relocated to the United States where he immediately began performing as a concert violinist with a number of symphony orchestras, working with the likes of Marvin Hamlisch, Bobby McFerrin and Lynn Harrell. His virtuosic violin performances, as well as his piano and guitar accompaniments can be heard in numerous recordings and in works of other composers, and he has conducted for and recorded with many orchestras including the Slovak Radio Symphony, The Golden Hornet Project of the Austin Symphony, USC Symphony Orchestra and the Hungarian National Symphony. Today he frequently records and guest-conducts with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Prague Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to his film scores, Drizhal has written and produced many original compositions and arrangements for recording artists, including Valencia Vas’ debut album Reflections, which was praised by Billboard magazine. The single “When The Sun Comes Up” which Drizhal wrote and arranged, reached Top 10 on Adult Contemporary Radio ahead of such established artists as Rascal Flatts, Paul McCartney and John Mayer. Drizhal also recently arranged and produced a debut album of Italian folk-songs for Olimpia Lucente titled Desiderata which will soon be released in Italy, Germany and Spain, and collaborated as a producer with Spencer Gibb and Aaron Frescas on Gibb’s first and second solo albums. These three albums were arranged and recently recorded in Prague with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.