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  • RENOWNED COMPOSER/CONDUCTOR JOHN WILLIAMS KICKS OFF WEEKEND SPECTACULAR SERIES AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
  • Jul. 13, 2007
  • Program Includes Award-Winning Composer/Conductor's Favorite Scores

    FRIDAY and SATURDAY, JULY 13 AND 14, AT 8:30 PM

    July 13 Concert Sponsored by Fidelity Investments; July 14 Concert Sponsored by Princess Cruises

    Univision 34/Telefutura 46 is the exclusive Spanish-language media sponsor

    Legendary composer/conductor John Williams, one of the most respected and honored composers of film and concert music, makes his annual return to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program that includes some of his favorite film scores, as well as his own music on Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, at 8:30 p.m., at the Hollywood Bowl. Film clips accompany the following musical selections: from David Lean, excerpts from Dr. Zhivago and excerpts from Lawrence of Arabia; and from his own scores of Harry Potter films, including "Aunt Marge's Waltz," "The Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry's Wondrous World."

    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 score to Superman Returns. 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.

    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 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 with 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 39th 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 2007, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the third year in a row at the 18th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards; 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, JULY 13, AT 8:30 PM

    SATURDAY, JULY 14, AT 8:30 PM


    HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood

    JOHN WILLIAMS: MAESTRO OF THE MOVIES

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    JOHN WILLIAMS, conductor

    ROSZA "Parade of the Charioteers" from Ben Hur

    KORNGOLD March from Robin Hood

    HERRMANN "Scene d'Amour" from Vertigo

    STEINER, arr. MORLEY Theme from Gone With The Wind

    STEINER, arr. WILLIAMS Theme from "Now Voyager"

    JARRE Excerpts from Dr. Zhivago (with film)

    JARRE Excerpts from Lawrence of Arabia (with film)

    WILLIAMS March from Superman

    WILLIAMS Love Theme from Superman

    WILLIAMS Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra - Music from Catch Me If You Can

    WILLIAMS Three Pieces from Harry Potter

                   "The Chamber of Secrets" (with film)
                   "Aunt Marge's Waltz" (with film)
                   "Harry's Wondrous World" (with film)

    WILLIAMS "Throne Room and Finale" from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

    The July 13 concert sponsored by Fidelity Investments; the July 14 concert is sponsored by Princess Cruises;

    Univision 34/Telefutura 46 is the exclusive Spanish-language media sponsor

    Tickets ($7 - $111) are on sale now at HollywoodBowl.com, at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office (Tuesday - Saturday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.), or by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Groups of 10 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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  • contact:

    Adam Crane, 213.972.3422, acrane@laphil.org; Lisa Bellamore, 213.972.3689, lbellamore@laphil.org; Lisa White, 213.972.3408, lwhite@lwhite@laphil.org; Photos, 213.972.3034