Lightsabers waved in time as the epic music that brought the emotion of the Star Wars saga to life, filled the air of the Hollywood Bowl. Legendary composer and conductor, John Williams took the stage to treat us to the LA Philharmonic’s perfectly perfect performance of John Williams’ compositions.
A Hollywood tradition, to bring the music of the movies to the Hollywood Bowl, John Williams does not disappoint. The kids with us were thrilled to hear and see their beloved Harry Potter soundtrack come to life and us big kids, well, the minute that sweet oboe piped-up in a Star Wars song, we were transported.
The evening kicked-off with conductor David Newman sharing stories of Hollywood from its roots, the original composers and how they transformed the soundtrack of Hollywood. I couldn’t help thinking of Jack Black singing “Arthur’s Theme” in The Holiday a movie that played great tribute to the legends of Hollywood and its music.
Then John Williams took the stage. He shared the story of how his life had intersected with conductor, David Newman. You see, John Williams was once in David’s father’s orchestra. And David, in turn, spent time in John’s orchestra. Their paths have been intertwined and as John says, “No one knows more about movies than David Newman.”
The biggest surprise of the night happened as John Williams shared a story about becoming friends with Kobe Bryant. This sweet story seemed out of place for a moment until Kobe joined John Williams on stage, to the shouts of “MVP” to narrate his animated poem “Dear Basketball” accompanied by a soundtrack written by none other than John Williams.
There is no experience in LA quite like the Hollywood Bowl. From classical music, to jazz, pop and a series of movie screenings, this is one experience not to be missed. See a full schedule online or buy Season Tickets. You can pre-order food delivery to your box, 24 hours in advance online, pick up at one of the onsite restaurants or bring your own. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong at the Bowl.