Review: John Williams Aims for the Stars at the Hollywood Bowl

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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!

The Pink Panther character poses with Julie Andrews and composer/conductor John Williams after a tribute to director Blake Edwards and composer Henry Mancini at the Hollywood Bowl. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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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