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A Night at the Hollywood Bowl

by Patti Kirkpatrick

azfamily.com

Posted on September 11, 2009 at 7:41 PM

I've always wanted to go to the Hollywood Bowl and finally got my wish this past weekend when we saw John Williams direct the L.A. Philharmonic in favorites of film music.

It's one of the largest largest natural amphitheaters in the world with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000. This annual affair is always a complete sellout and the audience is rapt with loving attention.

One of the best things is everybody gets there hours early with a picnic dinner and eats either what they've brought or what's sold at various refreshment stands. Our group of nine adults and children brought subway sandwiches for the kids. The adults brought wine, cheese, fruit and salami. It was an absolutely perfect night and finally the sun set and the lights dimmed for the concert to begin.

For those of you not familiar with his name, you defnitely know John Williams' music. He is one of the most widely recognized composers of film scores. As of 2006, he has received 45 Academy Award nominations. Williams is best known for his themes to adventure and fantasy films, some of the highest grossing of all time, such as "Star Wars," "Superman," "Jaws," "E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Jurassic Park" and the first three Harry Potter movies. His most recent works include the scores for "Munich" and "Memoirs of a Geisha," which I adored. This past Saturday, he played selections from all of the above and much more and it was heavenly. Many of his exerpts were accompanied by short film clips on six huge film screens on either side of the amphitheater.

Too bad we had nosebleed seats. We rented binoculars, which helped. My next wish is box seats up front. Maybe, one day.....

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