Los Angeles, November 2, 2007

On Friday, November 2, John Williams made a surprise appearence at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to conduct the Theme from Star Wars, as part of the encores of a concert performed by the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.

Here’s an excerpt from the concert review at CalendarLive.com:

“The hall then went dark for 15 seconds. When the lights came up, the players all had on Venezuelan flag jackets and the hall had become a riot of color. A fan of John Williams, Dudamel had asked the composer to conduct his theme from Star Wars as a surprise encore. Appearing as in awe of these players as they were of him, Williams conducted as though he were driving a supercar for the first time, knowing that the slightest touch on the accelerator could produce a galvanic force.”

Click here for another report and a picture of the Maestro. More reports and reviews of the concert at Bloomberg.comLATimes.comJames Wiser’s BlogIsabella’s Blog and ElUniversal.com(the latter in Spanish)