Back in the 70s, Randy Newman
was a smart-ass singer-songwriter who skewered rednecks, politicians, and short people. But during the past couple of decades, hes become one of Hollywoods most reliable soundtrack composers. (The movie business comes naturally to Newman -- his uncles Alfred and Lionel are Oscar-winning composers.) Newman has been nominated for an astounding 17 Academy Awards; at next weeks ceremony, hell try to snag his second win, for Cars Our Town. Newman is in Akron today, performing a Silver Screen Sunday program with the University of Akron School of Musics Symphonic Band and Orchestra. Expect to hear such movie faves as I Love to See You Smile (from Parenthood), Toy Story 2s weeper When She Loved Me, and If I Didnt Have You from Monsters, Inc., which netted Newman an Oscar in 2002.
Thu., April 26, 7:30 p.m.