The most recognized, most loved and most Oscar-nominated film composer in history will share the spotlight with the Walt Disney Concert Hall as the L.A. Philharmonic kicks off its 96th season — and its 10th year in the Gehry-designed musical space(ship). A John Williams Celebration won't be just another greatest-hits concert, like the ones Williams conducts at the Hollywood Bowl every summer. Under the baton of L.A. Phil chief Gustavo Dudamel, special guests Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets will join the Philharmonic in a mix of Williams classics (Star Wars, Schindler's List) and B-sides (Catch Me If You Can, Fiddler on the Roof) — along with his concert work Soundings, which opened Disney Hall's third inaugural gala in 2003 and is the source of the carillon lobby chimes that tell you intermission is ending. High-tech video installations by British director-designer Netia Jones will animate Soundings and the grand Star Wars “Throne Room” finale. Art and cinema will swirl together in a classy cocktail befitting the 82-year-old composer who brought film music into the mainstream and the concert hall. 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Tue., Sept. 30, 7 p.m.; $130-$195.

Tue., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 09/30/14)

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