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  • RENOWNED COMPOSER JOHN WILLIAMS CONDUCTS LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL
  • Sep. 2, 2005
  • Award-Winning Composer/Conductor Returns to Bowl for Two "Weekend Spectacular" Dates

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, AT 8:30 PM and SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, AT 8:30 PM

    Saturday, September 3 is a Lexus Passionate Performance.

    Composer/conductor John Williams, one of the most respected and honored composers of film and concert music, conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program of his own music as well as his favorite film scores on Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3 at 8:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Bowl. Williams has conducted at the Bowl nearly every season since his debut there in 1978 and was one of the first inductees into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000. He last conducted at the Bowl in 2004.

    With five Academy Awards, Williams is the most Oscar-nominated living person with 43, his most recent for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He also has three Golden Globes, four Emmys, three British Academy Awards and 18 Grammys, as well as numerous gold and platinum records. Williams most recently received accolades for his masterly score to Revenge of the Sith, concluding 30 years of collaborating on George Lucas' unprecedented Star Wars series.

    JOHN WILLIAMS has composed the music and served as music director for more than 90 films. In January 1980, he was named 19th Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra and currently holds the title of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor, which he assumed following his retirement in December 1993. Williams also holds the title of Artist-in-Residence at Tanglewood. Williams has written many concert pieces, including two symphonies, a cello concerto premiered by Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1994 (recorded for Sony Classical), concertos for flute and for violin, Tree Song for violinist Gil Shaham (recorded on DG with a revised version of the Violin Concerto), a bassoon concerto (The Five Sacred Trees) premiered by Judith LeClair and recorded for Sony Classical, and concertos for clarinet, tuba, and trumpet. In addition to leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, he has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras, including the London Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He led the Philharmonic in the world premiere of his work Soundings during the "Soundstage L.A." inaugural gala for Walt Disney Concert Hall in October 2003.

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 37th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2005, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue at the 16th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards; it is no wonder that the Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, AT 8:30 PM

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, AT 8:30 PM

    HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood

    JOHN WILLIAMS: "THE MASTER OF CINEMA"

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    JOHN WILLIAMS, conductor

    CAL STATE FULLERTON UNIVERSITY SINGERS, JOHN ALEXANDER director

    WILLIAMS Liberty Fanfare

    WILLIAMS Selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    WILLIAMS Selections from War of the Worlds

    GOLDSMITH Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    RAKSIN Laura

    BERNSTEIN Theme from The Magnificent Seven

    ROSZA "Parade of the Charioteers" from Ben Hur

    Arr. WILLIAMS "Monsters, Beauties, Heroes" (themes from King Kong - Jaws - Casablanca - An Affair to Remember - Robin Hood - Superman)

    WILLIAMS Selections from Far and Away

    WILLIAMS "Dry Your Tears, Afrika" from Amistad

    WILLIAMS Theme from Schindler's List

    WILLIAMS Selections from Star Wars

    Saturday, September 3 is a Lexus "Passionate Performance"

    Tickets ($4 - $110) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records, and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at HollywoodBowl.com. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details.
    For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000
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