Jonathan Wolff Hear from one of Louisville’s best kept secrets – Jonathan Wolff, a legend in the TV music business and an Emmy award winning composer of 75 prime time TV series including Seinfeld and Will & Grace. Kentucky to the World (TM) (KTW), a multi-year series that showcases highly successful individuals with strong Kentucky connections who are seldom seen or heard here, will host Jonathan Wolff, a legend in the TV music business. Wolff, a Louisville native and graduate of Atherton High School, will share the inside, fascinating story of his journey from growing up in Louisville to rising to the top of his field in the television music industry, complete with Hollywood stories and tips on how he got the jobs so many others didn’t. Learn how growing up in Louisville helped Wolff rise to the top of his field and enjoy insider Hollywood stories at an evening event on August 20, 2014. As an event attendee, you will hear from Wolff and be able to take part in a Q and A. The evening event will be held in partnership with IdeaFestival® and its year-round learning division IF University.
August 20, 2014 5:30 PM Actors Theatre of Louisville 2nd Floor 316 W. Main St Louisville, KY 40202 Please note the event location has been changed from The Green Building to Actors Theatre of Louisville (316 W. Main St) 2nd floor theatre to accommodate the large demand for the event. If you already purchased a ticket, your current Eventbrite ticket will be good to use despite the venue name differing on the ticket. Tickets are $25. Price includes light refreshments. Cash bar will be available.
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Introducing Our Moderator – Devin Katayama Devin Katayama is an award-winning journalist who hosts the midday for WFPL Louisville Public Media. He’s also the station’s education reporter. Devin earned his M.A. in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago where he was a Follet Fellow. While in Chicago, he won the Studs Terkel Community Media Workshop Scholarship award for his stories on street youth. Devin previously worked with WBEZ Chicago Public Media’s Worldview program and with Northern California KQED’s The California Report. He earned his B.A. in English Creative Writing at CUNY Hunter College in New York City. For more of his work, check out audiocollected.org.
More about Jonathan Wolff:
Wolff, who walked away from his Hollywood career in 2005 with his wife and children to live quietly in Louisville, has been named the composer of one of “the greatest theme songs of all time” by TV Guide Magazine and one of “the most unforgettable TV sounds” by Time Magazine. He started playing bar mitzvahs and weddings before he could drive, and took his passion for music to L.A. at 17 as a student of the University of Southern California. Within a year, he left school to work full-time as a Los Angeles studio musician, orchestrator and recording engineer. A pioneer in his field, Wolff was one of the first composers to embrace the digital audio system ProTools, now an industry standard, and holds an impressive resume which began with creating special musical material for episodes of popular shows like Love Boat, Fantasy Island, 21 Jump Street and Knots Landing and eventually included 43 TV Themes and composing full-time for 75 prime time series. It was his quirky theme song on Seinfeld, which had to be reworked weekly in order to match the timing of Jerry Seinfeld’s monologue, which propelled Wolff into high demand in Hollywood. Award-winning composer Jonathan Wolff was the featured speaker at a recent edition of “SESAC Sessions,” a educational forum held at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios for Belmont University music and music business majors. Watch the video with Jonathan talking about the creative process in composing the Seinfeld theme song >>
Photo credits: Jonathan Wolff’s archive (4-8); Isaac Wolff (1-3, 9).