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Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic offer a loving tribute to John Williams, capturing the heartbreak, suspense, and soaring power of the music of an American genius.

John Williams was in his mid-forties when his scores for Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind were thrilling audiences in movie theaters. They went wild when Zubin Mehta conducted the music in concert in Los Angeles. But when Williams was implored by the LA Philharmonic to consider conducting his own music at the Hollywood Bowl, Williams said, "I've only conducted in the studios, I don't conduct in public." Fortunately, he thought again. A worldwide conducting career was born, and we in Boston were spoiled with his inspiring presence as conductor of the Boston Pops for thirteen years.

Now Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil have plucked two CDs' worth of thrilling music by Williams as a celebration of his genius. These are live recordings from early in 2019, captured with the powerful, enveloping sound of the orchestra in Disney Hall.

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