During the 2016 Deer Valley Music Festival, the Utah Symphony has launched a weekly interview series entitled “Between the Barlines,” which seeks to reveal aspects of guest artists’ lives outside of the music for which they are known, including things such as their backgrounds, their influences, and their non-musical interests.
Born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, Justin Freer has quickly established himself as one of the West Coast’s most exciting musical voices and highly sought-after conductor and producer of film music. Writing some of 20th Century Fox Studios’ biggest campaigns including films such as Avatar, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Aliens in the Attic, Justin also serves as Founder and President of CineConcerts, which seeks to preserve film and TV concert music, including scores of films such as Gladiator, The Godfather, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Justin is a co-creator of the DreamWorks Animation concert with the Utah Symphony, which will feature award-winning conductor Shih-Hung Young with the Utah Symphony at the Deer Valley Music Festival on Friday July 29th.
In this interview, Justin talks about his upbringing on the West Coast and how it’s influenced his musical work as an award-winning composer and conductor. A thrill-seeker, Justin discusses his hobbies outside of music and composing, which includes the exhilarating activity of skydiving. Justin also comments on notable performances he’s had, including one for the 2012 Major League Soccer Championship in Los Angeles, and of the upcoming performance of music from DreamWorks animation.
When talking about the upcoming show of DreamWorks Animation music, Justin says, “It’s a high octane treat to be able to bring this concert to this venue with the Utah Symphony. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I think this particular set of music and this set of animated pieces are admired by a lot of different people around the world…You can’t really experience the power of film music, in your home theatre or in a movie theatre, the way you can by hearing a live 85 piece orchestra bringing alive the musical textures. It’s very unique and very special and it really is one of those things where you have to go see it to believe it. ”
Be sure to listen to our interview with Justin Freer here.