LA Phil Gala

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Gustavo Dudamel, Itzhak Perlman, Star Wars Stormtroopers and Celebrities Team Up to Honor John Williams at LA Phil Gala

 

 

The event: The LA Phil 2014 Gala launched the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s season Sept. 30 with “A Celebration of John Williams” at Walt Disney Concert Hall, raising a whopping $3.5 million for the organization and its education programs. 

It was fitting that the night’s honoree is a giant of the music scene, a composer who has won multiple Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Emmy and Academy awards and who is considered one of the greatest of all time for his film scores.

The performance: Superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman played selections from “Schindler’s List,” for which Williams won one of his five Academy Awards. On a screen behind the stage, images of Johnny Depp …

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Click here to read my whole story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times. For more pictures, just scroll down this page.

As a side note: Clearly Stana Katic enjoys the classics, as I’ve seen her often at the LA Opera and here she is now at Walt Disney Concert Hall, even more glamorous than usual, if that’s possible. 

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Also a regular at the LA Phil Gala, Matthew Lillard of “The Bridge” said he especially enjoyed this year’s program.

“I grew up on action figures and movies that fire up the imagination,” he said, many of those movies having been scored by John Williams.

 

Top photo: From left, honoree John Williams, LA Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel and superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman at the LA Phil 2014 Gala (photo, Mathew Imaging/ courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Second photo: Stana Katic at the LA Phil 2014 Gala (photo Mathew Imaging/ courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Third photo: Heather Helm and Matthew Lillard at the LA Phil 2014 Gala (photo Mathew Imaging/ courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Fourth photo: Anjelica Huston with Eloisa Maturen Dudamel at the LA Phil 2014 Gala (photo Mathew Imaging/ courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Photo by Mathew Imaging

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LA Phil 2014 Gala

Published Oct. 2, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA