Best Concert Ever!!

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Well I just got home from the most amazing concert ever! John Williams conducted the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl! What an orchestra, and what a genius! The program was full of fantastic music: Lots of pieces written for the Olympics, since we just finished up with the London 2012 Summer Games. Bugler’s Dream and Olympic Fanfare and Theme opened the concert, after a prelude of The Star Spangled Banner, of course. John Williams also brought out The Olympic Spirit, and later Call of the Champions complete with chorus.

A few other memorable notes were music from War Horse, music from Tin Tin synchronized to film of historic sword-fighting scenes, and guest violinist Gil Shaham playing music from Schindler’s List and Fiddler on the Roof.

But the greatest of all the night was a rare treat celebrating the 30th Anniversary of E.T.! Maestro Williams actually conducted the 15-minute Finale, Adventures on Earth, synchronized to the film!! This made my entire lifetime! I think it is the greatest piece ever written, and I got to see it performed live at my first John Williams concert! Unbelievable!

I can’t believe that he is 80 years old, and that he can still conduct with energy and passion the way that he does. I can only hope that I could aspire to be even one-tenth what he has become! He encored with music from Star Wars, including the Main Titles and the Imperial March. I felt like I was attending a nerd rock concert. There lightsabers and Star Wars t-shirts everywhere you looked!

One response to “Best Concert Ever!!

  1. Jason, you are an extraordinary artist, and truly knocked my socks off when you played last spring in our Yuma Jazz series. I have purchased both “Nature Boy” and “Just You Just Me” for my I-Phone and on cd. Please inform me if you will be able to come this next year, as well as your schedule in San Diego, and of course when your next album comes out. Thanks for the great music and fabulous arrangements.

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