Alan Silvestri scores Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Posted on April 28, 2009 by Dan Goldwasser

This spring, composer Alan Silvestri recorded his score to the highly anticipated fantasy sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Reuniting with director Shawn Levy, Silvestri recorded his score at the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox with a whopping 103-piece orchestra, and 18-person choir.

Alan Silvestri conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony

The celli section

Revisiting the themes from the 2006 hit film, Silvestri’s score is big, bold and dramatic. New themes have been written for new historical characters, and Silvestri was clearly having fun with the large ensemble expertly bringing his score to life.

The brass section

Alan Silvestri reworks a cue as score coordinator David Bifano and music librarian Mark Graham watch

Music librarian Mark Graham, director Shawn Levy, and composer Alan Silvestri discuss a cue

Orchestrated by Abe Libbos and John Ashton Thomas, the score was mixed by Silvestri’s long-time collaborator Dennis Sands.

Orchestrator Abe Libbos talks with scoring mixer Dennis Sands

The Hollywood Studio Symphony performs on Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian will be released by 20th Century Fox on May 22, 2009.

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