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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Broadway star Kelli O’Hara makes her Met Opera debut as the Baron’s coquettish wife Valencienne in Lehár’s effervescent operetta The Merry Widow. O’Hara and the women’s ensemble perform the Grisettes’ Song from Act III, with a dance choreographed by the production’s director, Susan Stroman.