This past Friday night, we went to the Hollywood Bowl to see John Williams conduct the L.A. Philharmonic. Over the course of the evening, we had the pleasure of listening to some of his classic soundtrack scores including pieces from E.T., Star Wars, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. This was my second time seeing him at the Bowl, but what I liked about this particular set of songs was that it wasn’t only the well-known pieces that were played. Don’t get me wrong, I love to hear the more popular themes (and to see all the light sabers flying during “The Imperial March”), but it’s nice to be reminded of the other film scores Williams has done that might fly a little under the radar.
My favorite number from last night (besides Seth MacFarlane singing “Luck Be A Lady”) was “Sayuri’s Theme” from Memoirs of a Geisha, the movie based on Arthur Golden’s historical novel of the same name. Not only does it have beautiful melody, but Robert deMaine, the cellist featured in the orchestra during that piece was phenomenal. The last note was perfect; he just killed it.
So for your Sunday listening pleasure, I give you Sayuri’s theme (deMaine not participating in this one):
and an extra little bit of cello from deMaine…