Richard Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, as well as performing film and classical music in concert halls and on recordings. The 2016-17 season marks his 11th season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert series “CSO at the Movies” and his 26th season as Principal Pops Conductor of Pacific Symphony. He holds the permanent title of Pops Conductor Laureate with the Dallas Symphony.
In May of 2015, Kaufman made his conducting debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra, substituting for John Williams at the Annual Pops Film Night, and Mr. Williams graciously invited Richard to share the podium at the annual Tanglewood Film Night in August 2016. In July, two days before its official theatrical release, Richard conducted the San Diego Symphony in a live performance of Michael Giacchino’s new score for Star Trek Beyond, accompanying the film in its gala world premiere.
Kaufman regularly appears as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras throughout both the United States and around the world including those in Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, London, Liverpool, the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, Indianapolis, San Diego, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In addition to conducting “traditional” concert presentations, Kaufman often leads performances of complete film scores in concert, synchronizing the music to the actual film as it is shown on the screen above the orchestra. These legendary film titles include Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Psycho, Casablanca, The Bride of Frankenstein, Pirates of the Caribbean, Silverado, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Amadeus, Star Trek, and various silent films.
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