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What is FSO?

The Film Symphony Orchestra is a ground-breaking artistic project which was founded to address a gap in the musical and cultural industry in Spain. We are an elite, professional symphony orchestra made up of more than 70 musicians, exclusively dedicated to music for cinema and related art forms. Led by the internationally acclaimed composer and conductor Constantino Martínez Orts, the FSO performs a rich program of film music concerts, sometimes accompanied by visual projections. We also offer composers the chance to record their own soundtracks.

With cinema always at its core, and with a consistent preoccupation for quality, Film symphony Orchestra launches a singular, innovative initiative which aims to bring symphonic music to a wide audience, uniting culture, art and spectacle under the umbrella of one unique experience.

The orchestra

The Film Symphony Orchestra’s in-house musicians possess a range of instrumentation and style that allows them to respond to a variety of programs. The orchestra is made up of 80 professional musicians who have been selected for their musicality and technical prowess. All 80 share the core performance values of the Film Symphony Orchestra: commitment, professionalism and integrity.

FSO CONDUCTOR

FSO CONDUCTOR CONSTANTINO MARTÍNEZ-ORTS, CONDUCTOR

Maestro Martínez-Orts, a leading composer and conductor in the world of film music, is an intelligent and creative musician, unique for the passion and enthusiasm his performances convey. This is evidenced by the standing ovations he frequently receives as a conductor. His energy, emotion, precision and professionalism are a cornerstone of every FSO performance.

Seeing him perform live is the show of a lifetime!

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Much more than music

Film Symphony Orchestra is culture and passion. It is spectacle and entertainment. But above all, it is a singular experience. It is imagination and dreaming. Past, present and future. This is art. This is music.

MUSIC & CINEMA

Via the magic of the great cinema composers, Film Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to bring symphonic music to targeted, new audiences who might otherwise never discover its magic.

FSO’S OPENING TOUR SUCCESS – THE JOHN WILLIAMS SPECIAL OF 2012
The Film Symphony Orchestra celebrated its first national tour in February 2012 with a double repertoire of soundtracks from composer John Williams, 5-time Oscar winner and, at that time, 45-ttime nominee. Throughout the month of March, the FSO performed 18 concerts across Spain’s most revered concert halls and venues. With unprecedented media coverage, a total of 35,000 spectators attended this once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.
SECOND NATIONAL TOUR - FSO TOUR 2013
In 2013, the FSO began a new tradition in music in Spain: an annual tour of symphonic performances of the best music in film. Thus, was born the FSO TOURS program which, to this day, transverses the Spanish peninsula, bringing unforgettable shows to every corner of the country. In 2013, five concerts and a wide range of film music hits brought thousands of spectators to their feet.
THIRD NATIONAL TOUR – FSO TOUR 2014
2014 was the year in which the FSO continued to break the mould with its offering of cinematographic music in Spain, with a huge concert for 10,000 spectators at Madrid’s revered Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, as well as 10 further concerts in major Spanish cities. This was also the monumental year in which acclaimed actor Harrison Ford directed our orchestra live on the Spanish television programme El Hormiguero, and the year in which we raised Madrid’s sleepy subway passengers from their seats with our now famous flash mob. 2014 was yet another year in which we brought film music to the people.
FOURTH NATIONAL TOUR – FSO TOUR 2015
2015 saw the first program of Oscar theme tunes from films like The Matrix, The Avengers, Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything being played across 20 cities in Spain by the Film Symphony Orchestra, following an unforgettable debut concert at Madrid’s Plaza de Toros de las Ventas.
BACK TO THE FUTURE IN CONCERT
In 2015, FSO brought the world premiere of Back to the Future in Concert to Spain. Film Symphony Orchestra performed the original soundtrack as the cult classical was projected on the big screen. This was one of the first instances of live soundtrack performance in Spain at the time.
FIFTH NATIONAL TOUR – FSO TOUR 2016
In 2016, the FSO returned with a tour of more than 25 concerts which included elite performances of theme tunes from Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and The Hateful Eight (both nominated for Best Soundtrack at the 2016 Academy Awards), as well as classics from films such as Conan The Barbarian, Cinema Paradiso, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Silverado and Psycho.
FROZEN IN CONCERT
In November 2016, the FSO was honoured to perform the music from Disney’s Frozen live at the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, and Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, for an audience made of up of our youngest music lovers.
SIXTH NATIONAL TOUR - FSO TOUR 2017
2017 was a big year for the FSO. In February, we had the great privilege of accompanying actor Dani Rovira as he presented the 31st Annual Goya Film Awards, with music especially composed for the occasion by our conductor, Constantino Martínez-Orts. Additionally, in autumn of the same year, we completed a tour of more than thirty venues in Spain. We are delighted to say that the ‘SOLD OUT’ sign was hung up outside most of those venues.
THE MUSIC OF STAR WARS
In spring of 2017, the FSO gave an exclusive tour of concerts celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars movie, Star Wars IV: A New Hope. The entire program of music was given over to the various Star Wars soundtracks created by the Oscar winning John Williams. A series of concerts that was truly out of this world!
SEVENTH NATIONAL TOUR - FSO TOUR 2018/19
In 2018-2019, the FSO returned with the most spectacular tribute ever performed in Spain to the greatest soundtrack composer in history: John Williams, winner of 5 Oscars and 51 nominations. More than 30 soundtracks, more than 4 hours of concert, more than 60 performances in an unforgettable tour which stretched to Portugal (with 2 concerts in Lisbon and Porto) as well as to new cities such as Lleida, Gijon, Logroño, and Albacete, amongst others.
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