If you listened carefully in the hills and canyons around the Hollywood Bowl on Friday evening, you could almost hear a simple ostinato built around two bass notes that evoked the ominous feeling of an imminent attack by a predatory shark.
Da-dum. Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum. Run for your lives, here it comes!
Something deep, dark and ageless — at least in pop culture terms — indeed swept into the Bowl on a very warm summer night. But it wasn’t the Oscar-winning theme from “Jaws” by film composer John Williams, who conducted his annual concert “John Williams: Maestro of the Movies” (the show also plays Saturday night).
Instead it was the collective beast in the form of a mini-“Star Wars” convention that packed the Bowl from its garden boxes to its grassy hillsides. A touch of Comic-Con descended upon the venerable venue.
After finally hearing the opening strains to “Clash of the Lightsabers” performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic after intermission, the “Star Wars”-hungry audience lit up the night with hundreds of blue, green and red novelty lightsabers.
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