William Ross to Conduct 83rd Academy Awards® Orchestra

Beverly Hills, CA (February 23, 2011) – William Ross will be at the podium as conductor for the 83rd Academy Awards, telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today.

Ross, who conducted for the 79th Academy Awards, is a prolific composer, orchestrator and arranger whose work encompasses feature films, television and the music recording industry.  He has arranged music for artists including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G, Sting and Bette Midler.  Ross has written original scores for such films as “The Tale of Despereaux,” “The Game of Their Lives,” “Ladder 49” and “Tuck Everlasting,” and orchestrations for dozen of others, including “The Polar Express,” Lilo & Stitch,” Stuart Little” and “Forrest Gump.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Contact Information

For more information, contact

Toni Thompson
tthompson@oscars.org

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