San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Jonathan Wolff is a legend in the TV music business: the composer of more than 75 prime time TV series theme songs including Seinfeld, Will & Grace, Who's the Boss?, Married ... with Children, and Reba. His compositions are iconic in most American households, yet few Kentuckians would probably recognize his name or know his story. Join local event organizer Kentucky to the World™ for a fun and fascinating presentation by Jonathan Wolff in partnership with IF University. Wolff will share the inside 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 did not.
ABOUT JONATHAN WOLFF: Wolff walked away from his Hollywood career in 2005 to return to Louisville to live quietly with his wife and children. He 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. Wolff graduated from Atherton High School and started playing bar mitzvahs and weddings before he could drive. He 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 compositions 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.
EVENT DETAILS: Wolff will discuss how growing up in Louisville gave him an advantage in the competitive Hollywood market, reveal secrets on how he got some of the most coveted jobs in the music industry, and share Hollywood stories from his time on the sets of Seinfeld, Will & Grace, and others. The ticket price of $25 includes light refreshments and a cash bar.
ABOUT KENTUCKY TO THE WORLD: Kentucky to the World™ is a unique, multi-year speaker series designed to showcase very interesting, successful, and exciting people who are well known in their fields but not often heard in the state. Featured speakers are highly successful individuals with strong Kentucky connections who are prominent nationally and internationally. They come from a variety of disciplines from business to social issues to the arts, and reflect the full range of contributions across ages, points of view, and perspectives. With each, Kentucky is part of their story. The series was developed by community leader and international quilt expert Shelly Zegard and held in partnership with IF University and the IdeaFestival. For more information about Kentucky to the World™, please visit the website here.
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IF University is a new platform and ecosystem for creative thinkers, innovators, and curious minds to teach classes, attend classes and bring unexpected ideas to the forefront to build and support a culture of innovative thinking. Built on the “Stay Curious” premise of the annual IdeaFestival® in Louisville, IF University is designed to inspire new and novel thinking all year round by hosting classes and events on a wide variety of topics held in public venues. All IF University classes and events are non-credit learning experiences, with an emphasis on the intersections between varied topics and multiple disciplines. Ideas at Play, that's IF University.
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