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    LA Phil goes Hollywood with a trio of concerts featuring the movie scores of composer John Williams
    • July 8, 2024

    The LA Phil is taking audiences to the movies this month with a trio of shows that will feature popular film scores performed live by the orchestra.

    “It’s more akin to a classical music rock concert,” said Maestro David Newman, who will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the concert dubbed “Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams and More.”

    The shows will take place at the Hollywood Bowl July 12,13 and 14. Williams was scheduled to share the stage with Newman during the concert, but according to LA Phil officials, due to a recent health concern he will be unable to perform.

    Williams has scored more than 100 movies and created some of the most iconic film scores of all time for films like “Superman,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” as well as films in the “Star Wars” franchise.

    “Everyone has movies that they love, and a lot of them are John Williams movies, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas movies,” Newman said. “And the music in them is a big integral part of it and John Williams is a huge part of these films,” he said.

    Film scores from movies like “Star Wars” will be the focus “Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams and More.” at the Hollywood Bowl July 12,13 and 14. (Photo by Armando Brown)



    And Star Wars fans tend to bring the force with them to these concert since many bring lightsabers to the show and wave them around during the “Star Wars,” portion of the show.

    “It’s a very visceral kind of nostalgic experience,” Newman said.

    Besides Williams’ music, the night will also include scores from movies made during Hollywood’s “Golden Age,”  Newman said.

    “It’s all an ecstatic celebration of the music of the music of John Williams and also of the entire output of Hollywood,” he said.

    ‘Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams and More’

    When: 8 p.m. July 12-13, 7:30 p.m. July 14

    Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave, Los Angeles

    Tickets: $54-241



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