Last month it was Brian McKnight. This month, the California Philharmonic continues its Festival on the Green with a “ringing” tribute (oh jeez) to John Williams, Howard Shore and Richard Wagner. Cal Phil will play from several Williams-scored films: E.T., Superman, The Terminal, Schindler’s List and Star Wars (during which there’ll be a laser light show produced by Star Lasers). How does Williams fit the Rings theme, you ask? With his Olympic Fanfare, of course, which may or may not have anything to do with the five Olympic rings (flimsy, but it’ll have to do). Besides Williams’ greatest hits, the orchestra will be playing music from three of Wagner’s four Ring operas: Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. The second half of the program will have more Wagner, juxtaposed against excerpts of Howard Shore’s excellent score for The Lord of the Rings films. Conspicuously absent is Bo Hansson.
The concert starts at 7:30, but gates open two hours before, with live jazz performances and picnicking in the interim—the Arboretum being a prime picnicking spot indeed. If you don’t pack your own picnic, Robin’s BBQ, Bristol Farms and Neomeze will be on hand with goodies, with redwhite+bluezz supplying the wine.
Cal Phil Presents “John Williams & The Rings”
Saturday, July 24, 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
The LA Arboretum
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
$20 – $98; calphil.org/tickets; 626.300.8200