Sounds of Hollywood
Carl St.Clair, conductor
James Newton Howard, composer and guest conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
Preview Talk at 7 p.m. with host Alan Chapman. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Anne Akiko Meyers is one of today’s premier violinists and has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a performer of “vigorous mastery, unflinching technical skills and stylish elegance.” Joining her on the stage is Hollywood giant James Newton Howard, considered one of the most versatile and respected composers currently working in film. With an esteemed career spanning over 30 years, Howard is best known for his soundtracks for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Dark Knight and Blood Diamond.
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With “West Side Story,” Bernstein brought a new kind of athleticism to the American musical, the percussive jostling of rhythm and meter and Latin dance. The Symphonic Dances manage to capture that same feel of the urban jungle, adding a touch of glitter and muscle without losing the grit.