John Williams, Julie Andrews to Bring Music of the Movies to the Hollywood Bowl, 8/30-31
John Williams, Julie Andrews, Monica Mancini, The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Philharmonic
The incomparable John Williams returns to the Hollywood Bowl to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a spectacular program of music from the silver screen, Friday and Saturday, August 30 and 31, at 8 pm. This year, Williams is joined by legendary actress Julie Andrews for a tribute to the legacy of director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini. Monica Mancini joins the program to perform The Days of Wine and Roses.
John Williams: Maestro of the Movies opens with Williams' arrangement of Whiting's Hooray for Hollywood, before launching into the tribute to Edwards and Mancini featuring music and some accompanying film clips such as: Mancini/Mercer's "Whistling Away the Dark," from Darling Lili, a medley of Mancini's Peter Gunn/Hatari!/Charade, the Theme from The Pink Panther, Patrick Williams' arrangement of Mancini/Mercer's "The Days of Wine and Roses," sung by Monica Mancini, excerpts from Victor/Victoria and William Ross' arrangement of Mancini/Mercer's "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
The second half of the program features music from Williams' popular scores, including: "Flight to Neverland" from Hook, selections from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, "With Malice Toward None" from Lincoln, and crowd-pleasing selections from Star Wars.
In a career that spans five decades, John Williams has become one of America's most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has served as music director and laureate conductor of one of the country's treasured musical institutions, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he maintains thriving artistic relationships with many of the world's great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Williams has received a variety of prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, the Olympic Order, and numerous Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. He remains one of our nation's most distinguished and contributive musical voices and has composed the music and served as music director for more than one hundred films. Williams has received five Academy Awards and 48 Oscar nominations, making him the Academy's most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars. He also has received seven British Academy Awards (BAFTA), 21 Grammys, four Golden Globes, five Emmys, and numerous gold and platinum records.
Julie Andrews has been a beloved and much-honored star of stage, screen and television for more than half a century. She was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964's "Mary Poppins," an iconic performance which earned her an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. She has gone on to earn or be nominated for awards across all performing genres. Andrews is also an accomplished best-selling author and joined talents with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, to pursue the publishing of books committed to stimulating a sense of wonder in children and young readers. In addition to her stage and screen work, Andrews has dedicated her life to her family and serving important causes, including Operation USA, an international relief organization with which she has traveled to such places as Vietnam and Cambodia. From 1992 to 2006, she was honored as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which provides financial and technical support for low-income women in developing countries.