there are a thousand lives in one of Danny Elfman. Well known to film fans for his soundtracks, hollywood, the accomplice almost unwavering filmmaker Tim Burton, the designer of the sound universe of the Marvel heroes or DC Comics, the father of generic also immortal as The Simpsons or Desperate Housewives , is a musician chameleon. Past the Magic Circus of Jérôme Savary, where he made his debut in France there are nearly a half-century, the stage new-wave californian underground.

But in the past few years, a master of atmospheres and fantastic handling choirs and strings with a virtuosity recognizable to the minute, leads a second career as a classical composer. Evident in his violin concerto and his piano quartet, released a few months ago for Sony Classical. He reaffirms his taste for the composers of the past (including the great russians), without disavowing the paw sound is his own, and in particular, in the covenant wise and magical among strings and percussion. “I didn’t want to write a concerto which left the fans of my work for the cinema”, he explains simply.

Two works that will be precisely the program of the grand opening weekend, the Philharmonie de Paris dedicated to him, with the assistance of the Brussels Philharmonic and the quartet of soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The opportunity for the composer to announce some classic projects in progress (a concerto for cello Gautier Capuçon, another for percussion, for Colin Currie, as well as a large oratorio for symphony orchestra, electric guitars and backing vocals).

And for the Philharmonic reminded of the importance taken by the cine-concerts to its programming, with two sessions of Alice in wonderland , as revisited by Burton in 2010. With to wear all the colors in film, a orchestra French master of film music: the national Orchestra of the Île-de-France, for the occasion under the baton of conductor John Mauceri.

Weekend Tim Burton . Philharmonie de Paris . 224, avenue Jean-Jaurès (Xix). Tel. : 01 44 84 44 84. Dates : 14
15 sept. Seating: of 25 to 80 €.