Wednesday, August 22, 2012
ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the music of John Williams in its first solo concert
The newly-formed ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra will play well-loved movie scores of legendary composer John Williams in its first solo concert on Sept. 2, 6 p.m., at the Meralco Theater.
Dubbed as “The Magic of John Williams,” the concert will celebrate the composer’s 80th birthday and will feature most of his contributions to film music in a span of six decades. From the adventurous bicycle chase in “E.T.” to the thrilling sea hunt in “Jaws,” the haunting melodies of “Schindler’s List” to the romantic flying scene in “Superman,” Williams helped immortalize cinematic magic through the sweeping grandeur and tender emotions of his music.
The members of the orchestra, as well as its music director and conductor Gerard Salonga, are all big fans of Williams. “Everyone’s always excited to start with the rehearsals for the concert,” Salonga says. “We bought the musical pieces from the US exclusively for this show; these pieces are authentic works of John Williams.”
Other movie scores in the repertoire include themes from “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Harry Potter,” “Yes Giorgio,” plus the 1984 Olympics Anthem.
Guest performers are Karylle and Jose Mari Chan. The Philippine Outpost 501st, an international organization of “Star Wars” fans who wear costumes from the movie, will also serve as an added attraction.
For ticket inquiries, contact Tinky Cruz 0915-1949760; Chris Graham (02) 5866732; Ticketworld 8919999; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PLUS: The theme from Harry Potter--the most-loved piece of “classical” music among kids, according to a 2009 poll by Classic FM in the UK.