This Sunday, the Oscars orchestra is moving back to under the Dolby Theatre stage.
One element missing from the Oscars stage in recent years has been the orchestra.
Housed a mile away inside the Capitol Records building, the Oscars orchestra has piped its music into the Dolby for three years.
This Sunday, however, the orchestra is moving back to under the Dolby Theatre stage, according to rehearsal photos from Wednesday posted by the Academy (see above and below).
Announced last week, Harold Wheeler will leading the orchestra as music director, his first time in the role but his third Oscar telecast. He has numerous Emmy and Tony Award nominations, as well as an NAACP Theatre Award for lifetime achievement. Television credits include the People’s Choice Awards and 17 seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.” Wheeler also composed music for two Democratic National Conventions and the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. On Broadway, he has orchestrated such musicals as “Hairspray,” “The Full Monty,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Wiz” and “Promises, Promises.”
Housing the orchestra a few blocks away was a technological feat the Academy crew had to full off on Oscar Sunday to get that music in sync — off by just a millisecond or two.
Take a look at a 2013 video that explains the orchestra's move to Capitol Records:
So when Oscar speeches run long — as they always do, music from the orchestra won’t be coming from a mile down Hollywood Boulevard. It will under the stage.
The 88th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2015, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.