Maestro at the Movies: John William in Concert @ the Hollywood Bowl

Just a short blog today.

Last night, I went to the Hollywood Bowl to watch John Williams in concert. My first impression: John looks old and tired. He had no problem speaking and introducing the guest violinist. But then, after forty plus years scoring countless movies and conducting and guest conducting orchestras all over the country, what do you expect? His legacy, however, is unmeasurable – in a good way.

Ticket stub

The first half of the concert consisted of famous movie pieces: Fiddler on the Roof, the classic tango, love themes across the century of movies, and the greatest sword fights set to his score for Tin Tin.

The second half consisted of his works. He opened with Superman and several suites from Superman and other movies. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of E.T., he asked Steven Spielberg for help. After all, they are good friends…. Spielberg’s response was to provide the finale of E.T. restored in HD. While the finale played, Williams provided the live soundtrack and music. Legendary!

And then the encore:
1. Duel of the Fates. The crowd goes wild. Hundreds of lightsabers light up the night and wave as the music plays.
2. Star Wars Main Theme: more of the same
3. Imperial March: If you thought the crowd was wild, you ain’t seen nothing yet. I put away my camera and grab my lightsaber.

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