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ST. PAUL, Minn. —
Ever eclectic and pushing the envelope, Danny Elfman started his career in his brother's band Oingo Boingo; traveled through Ghana playing African instruments and counts Bernard Hermann and Sergei Prokofiev among his musical heroes.
A four-time Oscar nominee, Elfman is known for his collaborations with Tim Burton, music for the Batman movies and The Simpsons theme song.
The Simpsons theme, performed by the Orchestra Jose Perpiñán of Segorbe, Spain:
No serenity means no Muti for Rome Opera
Riccardo Muti quits as the Rome Opera's lead conductor after six years of ongoing funding, management and labor strife. Muti says he needs "serenity" to do his job effectively.