LA Philharmonic Kicks Off Season with ‘A John Williams Celebration’ at Walt Disney Hall, 9/30 (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Gala info sheet & Electronic invite (PDF)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, kicks off its 2014/15 season in grand fashion with a celebration of the greatest film composer of all time at the Opening Night Concert & Gala: A John Williams Celebration, Tuesday, September 30, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The all-Williams concert program is highlighted by an appearance from legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman joining the orchestra to perform works including music from Schindler’s List.

The program features several elaborate video installations created by projection designer Netia Jones and critically acclaimed creative studio, LIGHTMAP. Jones is producing new video content for the performance of Williams’ Soundings, first performed at the 2003 opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall. For the show’s thrilling conclusion, Jones is designing a unique video installation featuring concept art from the Lucasfilm archive, to accompany the orchestra’s performance of the iconic Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars.

The program also includes select works from throughout Williams’ storied career: the Olympic Fanfare and Theme, The Duel from The Adventures of Tintin, and a special performance of Escapades from Catch Me if You Can featuring Dan Higgins on alto saxophone, Glenn Paulson on vibraphone and Michael Valerio on string bass.

The Opening Night Concert & Gala mark the beginning of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2014/15 season. Single tickets are available starting August 24.

COMPLETE PROGRAM (no intermission):

  • Olympic Fanfare and Theme
    U.S. Army Herald Trumpets
  • Soundings (with video)
  • Three Pieces from Schindler’s List
    (“Remembrances”, “Jewish Town – Krakow Ghetto 1941”, “Theme from Schindler’s List”)
    Mr. Perlman, violin
  • Tango from Scent of a Woman (Gardel, arr. Williams)
    Mr. Perlman, violin
  • The Duel from The Adventures of Tintin (with film)
  • Escapades from Catch Me if You Can
    (Closing In, Reflections, Joy Ride)
    Mr. Higgins, alto saxophone; Mr. Paulson, vibraphone; Mr. Valerio, double bass
  • Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars (with video)
    Netia Jones/Lightmap, projection design; with concept art from the Lucasfilm archive

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DAN HIGGINS, alto saxophone
GLENN PAULSON, vibraphone
MICHAEL VALERIO, string bass
NETIA JONES, projection design
ROBIN GRAY, lighting design

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 7 PM

111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Gala package tickets, $2,500 to $15,000 are on sale now. Please call 213.972.3051 for information.

Subscriptions for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2014/15 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, please visit, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. To order by phone with credit card, please call the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office at 323.850.2000, or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.

Single tickets for the 2014/15 season are available for purchase beginning August 24. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.