John Williams

Hold the light sabers: This is John Williams off the big screen but still substantial at the Bowl

Hold the light sabers: This is John Williams off the big screen but still substantial at the Bowl

Stéphane Denève continues his rise in the symphonic ranks, having just been appointed to succeed David Robertson as music director of the St. Louis Symphony, starting in the 2019-2020 season. The Los Angeles Philharmonic already knows Denève’s capabilities since he has been a frequent guest conductor here, and they responded well to him again — from what I could hear — Tuesday night at Hollywood Bowl.

However, the main focus of the evening was a perennial Bowl visitor, a fellow named John Williams who turned 85 in February and could be spotted in the box seats.

No, there were no film scores within earshot; there will be plenty of time for that

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