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Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil

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Natalie Portman hosts Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil on Great Performances Friday, July 24 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Itzhak Perlman is the special guest in a gala opening night concert paying tribute to the prolific film composer. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel conducts. By […]

GP at the Met: La Donna Del Lago

About the Opera

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez star in Rossini’s La Donna del Lago, the Met’s first production of the bel canto showcase, on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, August 2 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). In this Rossini classic based on the work by Sir Walter Scott, DiDonato sings the title […]

Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil

John Williams’ Great Performances Theme Song and Interview

In March 2009, John Williams’ composition for Great Performances premiered as its theme music during the opening credits of Great Performances: King Lear, starring Ian McKellen. This is the first time Williams created a composition for a THIRTEEN production. David Horn, executive producer of Great Performances, approached the Academy Award-winning composer about creating a new […]

Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil

Itzhak Perlman Plays Cadenza from Fiddler on the Roof

Violinist Itzhak Perlman plays the Cadenza and Variations section of John Williams’ score to the film Fiddler on the Roof for the first time. This is an excerpt from Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil.

Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil

John Williams Conducts Theme from “The Empire Strikes Back”

Gustavo Dudamel hands the stage off to John Williams to conduct “The Imperial March” from Williams’ score to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, a march also known as “Darth Vader’s Theme.” This is an excerpt from Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil.

Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil

Dudamel and Williams Discuss Film Score

John Williams composed the score to Catch Me If You Can (2002), directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The film dramatizes the swindles of a real-life con man. Before the L.A. Philharmonic performs “Escapades” from the score, Gustavo Dudamel and Williams discuss the mystery the music creates.

Driving Miss Daisy

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Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Driving Miss Daisy, a 2010 hit on Broadway, comes to television with five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award® nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award® winner James Earl Jones as Daisy Werthan and Hoke Colburn, respectively.  Actor Boyd Gaines (a four-time Tony Award winner) reprises […]

Driving Miss Daisy

Leaving Georgia

As chauffeur Hoke Colburn (James Earl Jones) and his employer Daisy Werthan set out on a long drive, Daisy reminisces about a family trip she took as a child, expressing something personal in an unguarded moment with Hoke. Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy stars five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award […]

Driving Miss Daisy

Hoke Colburn Gets a Raise

Hoke Colburn (James Earl Jones), a chauffeur for Daisy Werthan, asks her son Boolie Werthan (Boyd Gaines) for a raise after he receives a competing job offer. Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy stars five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award […]

Driving Miss Daisy

A Christmas Critique

Daisy Werthan (Angela Lansbury) and her daughter-in-law Florine are both Jewish, but it is only Florine who celebrates the Christmas holiday with relish. Miss Daisy complains about Florine to her chauffeur Hoke Colburn (James Earl Jones) while on her way to her son and Florine’s Christmas party. Miss Daisy brings along coconuts for the ambrosia.