In honor of St Patrick's Day, Hallmark Hall of Fame is happy to digitally re-release the out of print soundtrack to the 1999 Irish film "Durango." Mark McKenzie's uplifting, & beautiful Irish orchestral music has become a much loved classic. This adventurous, romantic, and at times comedic story gave inspiration to music that has found its way to billions first on the 72nd Academy Awards broadcast and now as the closing music to each and every new Sunday Night Hallmark Hall of Fame movie premiere.
Durango" was the directorial debut of the award winning director and producer Brent Shields. It is one of the early acclaimed symphonic scores composed by Mark McKenzie. The film tells the story about a young Irish man named Mark who learns that love and life are more than warm feelings and provision for self. As he courageously drives cattle across the Irish countryside in the early 1940's he learns that love requires selflessness, responsibility, hard work, passion and tenderness. Through risk taking, generosity, humor and personally taking responsibility for his circumstance, he musters the courage to stand up for what's right and lead others in the face of powerful opposition.
Produced by Richard Welsh, Brent Shields and Brad Moore the film starred Academy Award winning actress Brenda Fricker, Matt Keeslar and Nancy St. Alban. The music was orchestrated by Mark McKenzie and Patrick Russ, and was recorded in the historic city of Prague using a 70 piece symphony orchestra, pan pipes, penny whistle, uilleann pipes and the traditional bodhran drums. Credit goes to Recording engineer Jiri Zobac, Mixing engineer Armin Steiner, Music editor Chris Ledesma and copyist Gregg Nestor. The composer invites you to join him on his website and on facebook at Mark McKenzie Music. Mark would like to extend a warm thank you to Brent Shields, Brad Moore, Jenny Lee, Toni Houghton, Karen Mayeda, Sabrina Plisco-Morris, Douglass Fake, Joe Sikoryak, Robert Ruberto, Steve Ritzenthaler, David Baker, Michael Cunningham and Morten Lauridsen among others.