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David Shire Live

SF State School of Music

SF State School of Music David Shire Live

Enjoy composer David Shire’s most heralded works, performed live by the Grammy and Academy Award-winner himself on piano as well as by the Alexander String Quartet, SF State Brass Ensemble and SF State theatre students.

David Shire, an Academy Award and two-time Grammy winner and multiple Tony and Emmy nominee, has composed prolifically for the theatre, films, television and recordings. On Broadway, he and lyricist Richard Maltby wrote the scores for the musicals “Baby” (Tony nominations for Best Score and Musical) and “Big” (Tony nomination for Best Score). His off-Broadway scores, also written with Maltby, include “Starting Here, Starting Now” (Grammy nomination), “Closer Than Ever” (Outer Critics Circle Award), “Urban Blight” at the Manhattan Theater Club and the off-Broadway musical “The Sap of Life.”

Shire’s many feature film scores include “Norma Rae” (Academy Award for Best Song), Francis Coppola’s “The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men,” “The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3,” “Short Circuit,” “2010,” “Farewell My Lovely,” “The Hindenberg,” “Return to Oz,” “Zodiac” and “Saturday Night Fever,” for which his work earned him two Grammy Awards.

Presented by the California State University Entertainment Alliance and San Francisco State University’s School of Music and School of Theatre & Dance.


David Shire

Theme from "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3"

David Shire

Rag - March from "Return to Oz"

David Shire

Manhattan Skyline from "Saturday Night Fever"

David Shire

Music from "The Conversation"


Bradley Hogarth

Director, SF State Brass Ensemble