Babe in Concert

The New York Philharmonic

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Film: Babe in Concert


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 32 minutes, no intermission

Date & Times


Dec, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM


Dec, 2016

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Family-friendly. Open to everyone ages 4 and over.

Join us for the heartwarming, inspiring tale of Babe, the lovable piglet searching for his place in the world — maybe even as a sheepdog. You’ll experience this Oscar-winning comedy-drama to the fullest when the Philharmonic performs the score — with classical favorites, standards, and more — live as the complete film is screened. “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.”

This concert is a special event of the 2016–17 season.


Nigel Westlake

Babe (U.S. Premiere–score performed live to film)


Nigel Westlake


Nigel Westlake



Australian composer and conductor Nigel Westlake’s career has spanned more than four decades. From the age of 17 he was touring Australia and the world as a freelance clarinetist, bass clarinetist, and saxophonist with ballet companies, a circus troupe, chamber music ensembles, fusion bands, and orchestras. In 1983 he studied bass clarinet and composition in the Netherlands and was appointed composer-in-residence for Australia’s ABC Radio the following year. From 1987 to 1992 he was resident clarinetist with Australia’s leading chamber group, The Australia Ensemble, and went on to join guitarist John Williams’s group, Attacca, as a composer and performer. As a composer for the screen, Mr. Westlake’s film credits include the feature films Paper Planes, Miss Potter, Babe (1996 Golden Globe Award for Best Feature Musical or Comedy), and Babe: Pig in the City, as well as the Imax films Antarctica, The Edge, and Solarmax, among many others. His television credits include documentaries, telemovies, news themes, and station identifications. His compositions have earned numerous accolades, including the Gold Medal at the New York International Radio Festival and 15 APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) awards in the screen and art music categories. His secular mass Missa Solis — Requiem for Eli won the prestigious 2013 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize and the 2011 Limelight Award for Best New Composition, was named Orchestral Work of the Year at the 2012 APRA Art Music Awards, and was released to critical acclaim on the ABC Classics label. Compassion — a song cycle for solo voice and orchestra, co-written with singer / songwriter Lior, based on ancient Hebrew and Arabic texts — won the 2014 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album. In 2004 Nigel Westlake was awarded the HC Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship at the Australian National University, and received an honorary doctorate in music from the University of New South Wales in 2012. He made his conducting debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 1997 and has since conducted performances and recordings of his own works with all the major symphony orchestras in Australia. He is a director on the board of APRA.

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