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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
An Ashford University Summer Pops Concert (Subscribe Now!)
Sunday, August 19, 7:30pm

Richard Kaufman, conductor
San Diego Gay Men's Chorus
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush
Music by Klaus Badelt
Music Themes and Production by Hans Zimmer

Ahoy Maties! Join us for a live screening of one of the biggest recent movie blockbusters: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Follow Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and blacksmith Will Turner as they rescue Elizabeth Swann from the cursed crew of the Black Pearl. The movie will be presented on the big screens with the original score performed live by the San Diego Symphony and featuring our special guests, the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus.

Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Non-Theatrical © Disney


  • Costume contest (Begins at 7pm so arrive early!)
  • Pirate ship on the Bay!
  • Sword fighting demonstrations!
  • Singing Pirates!
  • And more!


MEDIA PARTNERS: Costume Walkabout, Stranglehold and Raggletaggle


FREE cover into FLOAT at the Hard Rock Hotel after the movie!
To get in for FREE pick up a wrist band at a table in front of the Box Office on the night of the show.
$5 cocktail specials in the first hour!



Sunday, August 19 - Pirates


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 2011-2012 concert season marks Richard’s twenty-first season as Principal Pops Conductor of Orange County’s Pacific Symphony. He also holds the permanent title of Pops Conductor Laureate with the Dallas Symphony. He is currently in his seventh season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert series, “Friday Night at the Movies,” conducting classic and contemporary film music as well as classical music used in motion pictures.

Richard Kaufman regularly appears as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras throughout both the United States and around the world including Colorado, Utah, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, the National Symphony in Washington DC, Florida, Calgary, Edmonton, Rotterdam and the Malaysian Philharmonic. Following his 2009 debut, Richard returned to the podium of the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in December, 2010 for his third engagement and in 2012 returns for his third year at the Blossom Music Festival, conducting the Cleveland Orchestra. In May, 2011, Richard conducted a live performance of the entire score for Pirates of the Caribbean as the film was shown in its entirety at the Krakow Film Music Festival and at the Blossom Music Festival. He recently made his conducting debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and makes conducting debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, Ireland and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2011/12 season. October 2011 included concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre which were recorded for release on the LSO LIVE recording label.

Richard received the 1993 Grammy® Award in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Performance for a recording he conducted with the Nuremberg Symphony. His most recent recording, entitled The High and the Mighty (Varese Sarabande), is with the London Symphony Orchestra. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, this CD features music from classic and contemporary films about flying. Richard’s other recordings include film music performed by the Brandenburg Philharmonic in Berlin, a second recording with the Nuremberg Symphony celebrating the 100th anniversary of motion pictures, and two critically acclaimed CDs with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducting the film music of Alfred Newman and Victor Young.

He has conducted for performers including John Denver, Andy Williams, Mary Martin, Nanette Fabray, Juliet Prowse, Sir James Galway, Diana Krall, Chris Botti, The Pointer Sisters, Arturo Sandoval, The Beach Boys, Monica Mancini, Peter Paul and Mary, Patty Austin, Robert Goulet, David Copperfield, Davis Gaines, The Righteous Brothers, Martin Short, Jim Brickman and Art Garfunkel. As a violinist, Richard performed on numerous film and television scores including Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saturday Night Fever and (in a moment of desperation) Animal House. He has recorded with artists including John Denver, Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, The Carpenters, Neil Diamond and Ray Charles.

Richard joined the Music Department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in 1984 as Music Coordinator, and for the next 18 years supervised music for all MGM television projects. He received two Emmy Award nominations, one for the animated series The Pink Panther in the category of Outstanding Music Direction and Composition, and another for Outstanding Original Song co-authored for the series All Dogs Go to Heaven. For the MGM television series In the Heat of the Night, Richard composed songs with Actor/Producer Carroll O’Connor. He conducted scores for films including Guarding Tess and Jungle to Jungle.

As a unique part of his career in film, Richard has coached various actors in musical roles including Jack Nicholson, Dudley Moore, Tom Hanks, Armand Assante, David Ogden Stiers and Susan Sarandon.

Richard has served as Music Director and Conductor for numerous musicals. His first assignment (at age 23) was as conductor for the national tour of Sweet Charity starring Juliet Prowse. He conducted the first national tours of Company (for Hal Prince) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (for Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival). For the Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Operas, he was Music Director and Conductor for musicals including Wonderful Town (starring Nanette Fabray), Irma La Douce, The Sound of Music (for which he was nominated by the San Francisco Theater Critics for Outstanding Music Direction), and Guys and Dolls (starring Milton Berle).

While a student at California State University @ Northridge, Richard composed the Alma Mater and Fight Song. In May of 2008, Richard was the keynote speaker for the Honors Convocation Ceremony at his Alma Mater. He has appeared as a guest speaker at various universities including Southern California, Georgia, Furman and the California State Universities at Northridge and Fullerton. He is a member of the Music Advisory Board of the Young Musicians Foundation.

Born in Los Angeles, Richard began violin studies at age 7, played in the Peter Meremblum California Junior Symphony, and was a member of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. He attended the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood in the Fellowship program and earned a B.A. in Music from California State University Northridge. Richard lives in Southern California with his wife, Gayle, a former dancer in film, television and on Broadway. His daughter Whitney is a graduate (with honors) from Chapman University in Orange, California, and for 2 1⁄2 years was a member of the cast of the national tour of Mama Mia.


The 140-member San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus features talented and dedicated singers who are devoted to the chorus mission statement, "To create a positive musical experience through exciting performances which engage our audiences, build community support and provide a dynamic force for social change."

With a rich 25 year legacy, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is in its second full year of existence after the merger of the San Diego Men’s Chorus (founded in 1985)  and the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego (founded in 1992) in January 2010.  The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) continues the artistic endeavors of its legacy choruses by performing fully-staged concerts (three major productions each year) as well as making appearances in smaller venues throughout the year. The Chorus also performs for special occasions such as fundraising and health-awareness walks, festivals and sporting events throughout San Diego County. The chorus’ artistic programming ranges from classical to contemporary. The SDGMC last performed with the Symphony on the 2011 edition of the Summer Pops Broadway concert.

SDGMC is one of the pre-eminent members of GALA choruses, an international organization serving the LGBT choral movement, and is one of the 10 largest such choruses in the country.  Both of its legacy choruses were featured prominently at the International GALA Choruses Festival in July 2008. The chorus has been a recipient of the city's Commission for Arts & Culture Organizational Support Program grant for many years, and was notified this year that it scored the highest in its history in the competitive funding process.

The Chorus’ core values of MUSIC—Musical Excellence, Unity, Social Responsibility, Integrity, and Collaboration—demonstrate the important role the chorus plays as a large performing company of proud gay men joining together to perform for the public. SDGMC looks forward to continuing the tradition of extraordinary musicianship and dedication to community outreach of its predecessors. 


Watch & Listen,
Presentation licensed by Disney Music Publishing and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Non-Theatrical © Disney

The original Pirates theatrical trailer: Arrrrrgggghhhhh!!!: 

The Faroese (Danish North Sea islands) Symphony Orchestra performs the Main Theme of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean:

August 19, 2012

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