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L.A. Philharmonic gala getting a dose of ‘Star Wars’

John Williams
John Williams, center, consulting with George Lucas at London’s Abbey Road studios in 2002.
(Jonathan Player / For the Times)

The Force is coming to Walt Disney Concert Hall in September.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s gala season-opening concert will feature music from “Star Wars” as well as a video projection using concept art from the Lucasfilm archive.

As previously announced, the gala concert on Sept. 30 will be a tribute to the music of John Williams, featuring a program of the composer’s movie scores and other pieces, led by conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

The complete program, announced Tuesday, will include Williams’ music for “Schindler’s List,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Adventures of Tintin” and the “Star Wars” movies. Violinst Itzhak Perlman will be on hand to perform solos from the “Schindler’s List” score.


In addition, the orchestra will perform Williams’ “Soundings,” a piece the composer wrote for the opening of Disney Hall. The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets will perform his fanfare and theme for the Olympic Games.

Video projections will accompany the performances of “Soundings” and the “Star Wars” score.

For Williams fans who can’t afford the gala package tickets, which cost as much as $15,000, the composer is scheduled to lead a series of concerts at the Hollywood Bowl beginning Aug. 29.

The concerts will include performances of his scores to “Superman,” “Jurassic Park” and yet more “Star Wars.”
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