Hollywood maestro featured in Philharmonic concert

Tha Good Life - By John Paul "JP" Tanchanco

Posted at Jan 24 2013 02:45 AM | Updated as of Jan 24 2013 06:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra features John Williams, the man behind the greatest Hollywood theme songs, in a concert this February at the Meralco Theater.

What do the movies Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, ET, and Superman have in common, aside from being top-grossing and multi-awarded?

They all carry distinct melodies that have left marks in our hearts and minds.

The Hollywood Maestro

John Williams is a name synonymous with top Hollywood tunes, and is considered by critics as the greatest cinematic scorer of the century.

John Williams and virtuoso Yo Yo Ma 

He has created many of the most popular Hollywood film theme songs over the past 6 decades of his career.

Home Alone, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Harry Potter, Star Wars, E.T and Jurassic Park are among the many hit movies Williams scored

Williams has won a long list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar nominations with five wins, 20-plus Gold and Platinum Records, and 2 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 18 Grammys, National Board of Review (including a Career Achievement Award), 6 Saturns, and 7 BAFTA citations, along with honorary doctorate degrees.

His cinema music has also lived on to entice modern movie fans to relive new versions of glorious movies such as the much-anticipated Superman remake.

A film teaser using John Williams' theme song for the upcoming Superman movie, which is set to be released this June.

The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Concert

“The Magic of John Williams” is a successful concert that was held last year.

The concert that will be held in Meralco Theater on February 23 is a repeat of the successful repertoire of Hollywood hits played by ABS-CBN's symphony led by maestro Gerard Salonga that was presented last year to a standing ovation.

"Many of the people who were able to catch the concert have been interested in experiencing it again ... so we are doing a repeat by popular demand," said Neil Andoque of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic orchestra office.

According to the producers, this year's concert is also staged for many fans who were not able to catch last year's show.

I'm personally looking forward to watching the show and their additions such as guest singers Jose Mari Chan, Karylle and a group of Star Wars cosplayers.

You can get tickets to the concert at all Ticketnet outlets in SM. Call (02) 911-5555.

John Paul C.Tanchanco is a travel, food, party, film and music aficionado. He is also an economist, businessman, MYX/Awit award-winning media producer and Kala guitarist.

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