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  • Jun. 28, 2018
  • MOVIE NIGHTS AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
    CELEBRATE OSCAR
    ®-WINNING FILMS AND ICONIC
    SCORES BY JOHN WILLIAMS, HENRY MANCINI,
    AND PATRICK DOYLE

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireTM, Jaws,

    Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,
    and The Pink Panther

    John Williams Celebrates 40th Anniversary
    of Hollywood Bowl Debut

    Annual Sing-Alongs Grease and Sound of Music Return to
    the Bowl

    (Los Angeles, June 28, 2018) – This summer season at the Hollywood Bowl celebrates Academy Award-winning films and iconic scores by some of the biggest names in film music; John Williams’ Oscar®-winning scores for Jaws and Star Wars: A New Hope, and Oscar®-nominated score for Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back; Henry Mancini’s Oscar®-nominated score for The Pink Panther; and Patrick Doyle’s spectacular score for Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireTM. Each film is shown in full on the Bowl’s giant screen with the orchestra performing the score live.

    These feature film nights at the Bowl kick-off on Thursday, July 5, at 8pm with Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireTM – in Concert, with conductor Justin Freer leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Doyle’s score.

    John Williams made his Hollywood Bowl conducting debut in 1978, as a late substitute for an indisposed Arthur Fiedler. Leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the program included several soloists (William Lane, Michele Zukovsky, and Glenn Dicterow). Among Williams’ own music were selections from Jaws and Star Wars: A New Hope.

    2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of Willams’ Bowl debut, and celebrations are programmed throughout the summer season. First is Steven Spielberg’s 1975 masterpiece of suspense, Jaws, on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, with David Newman leading the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Williams’ terror-inducing and Oscar®-winning score. Next up are two nights each of George LucasStar Wars: A New Hope (Tuesday and Friday, August 7 and 10), and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Thursday and Saturday, August 9 and 11), with David Newman leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the two blockbusters’ countless unforgettable movie music moments. The celebrations culminate with three nights of John Williams: Maestro of the Movies, featuring famous selections from Williams’ incomparable film music. Both David Newman and John Williams will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic for these special performances.

    On Wednesday, August 8, as part of the Hollywood Bowl’s Jazz at the Bowl series, Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Thomas Wilkins leads the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Mancini’s Oscar®-nominated big-band jazz score from 1965’s The Pink Panther, starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling, but loveable “Inspector Clouseau.”

    Following a Hollywood Bowl tradition, the 2018 summer season also features two sing-alongs, the annual Sing-A-Long Sound of Music on Saturday, September 22, hosted by Melissa Peterman, and the return of the Grease Sing-A-Long in celebration of the movie’s 40th Anniversary, on Saturday, June 30, with Didi Conn (“Frenchy”) as host, and an opening set by Sha Na Na.

    All movie nights are family- and costume-friendly, with the September 22 Sing-A-Long Sound of Music featuring a costume parade and contest as part of its pre-show activities. 

    CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING:

    Grease Sing-A-Long
    Saturday, June 30, at 7:30pm (pre-show), 8:30pm (film)
    Didi Conn ("Frenchy"), host
    Sha Na Na
    Grease Sing-A-Long returns for the film’s 40th anniversary with a pre-show performance by doo-wop rockers Sha Na Na, and the much-loved movie musical on the Bowl’s giant screen.

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireTM - in Concert
    Thursday, July 5, at 8pm
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Justin Freer, conductor
    Rediscover the magic of the fourth film in the series in high definition on our big screen while the LA Phil performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live-to-picture.

    Jaws – in Concert
    Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8pm
    Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
    David Newman, conductor
    The original summer blockbuster, with an Academy Award®-winning score by composer John Williams, Jaws is an unforgettable film-with-live-orchestra experience.
    © Jaws is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

    Star Wars: A New Hope - in Concert
    Tuesday and Friday, August 7 and 10, at 8pm
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    David Newman, conductor
    John Williams’ iconic score will be performed live-to-picture as George Lucas’ film plays in high definition.
    Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm LTD and Warner/Chappell Music.© All rights reserved. ©2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. All Rights Reserved © Disney.

    The Pink Panther - in Concert
    Wednesday, August 8, at 8pm
    Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
    Thomas Wilkins, conductor
    Inspector Clouseau’s bumbling adventure plays on the big screen accompanied by the jazzed-up sounds of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

    Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - in Concert
    Thursday and Saturday, August 9 and 11, at 8pm
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    David Newman, Conductor
    Star Wars and the Los Angeles Philharmonic join forces for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – in Concert, featuring the iconic movie on the big screen while the orchestra performs John Williams’ legendary score live.
    Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm LTD and Warner/Chappell Music.© All rights reserved. ©2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. All Rights Reserved © Disney.

    John Williams: Maestro of the Movies
    Friday & Saturday, August 31 & September 1, at 8pm and Sunday, September 2, at 7:30pm
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    John Williams, conductor
    David Newman, conductor
    The cinematic master celebrates the 40th anniversary of his Bowl debut with a selection of his biggest movie hits, including some with film clips. David Newman kicks it off with other classic scores.

    Sing-A-Long Sound of Music
    Saturday, September 22, at 6pm (pre-show), 7:30pm (film)
    Melissa Peterman, host
    Sing along with the von Trapps and thousands of fellow music fans. Don a clever costume for the pre-show contest with hilarious host Melissa Peterman at the Bowl’s special screening of the Oscar®-winning film.

    For more information, please visit: hollywoodbowl.com


    About the Hollywood Bowl
    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 plays host to the finest artists from all genres of music, offering something for everyone. It remains one of the best deals anywhere in Los Angeles; to this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many classical and jazz performances. In February 2018, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the 14th year in a row at the 29th Annual Pollstar Awards and was awarded the Top Amphitheater prize at the 2017 Billboard Touring Awards. For millions of music lovers across Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl is synonymous with summer.

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