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University Singers Perform at Hollywood Bowl

Aug. 29, 2012

The University Singers take the stage this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl to join Academy Award-winning composer John Williams leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic in his popular series of concerts set to film clips.
“John Williams: Maestro of the Movies” is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1.
Under the direction Robert Istad, associate professor of music, the University Singers will perform “Call of the Champions” and “Dry Your Tears, Afrika” from Stephen Speilberg’s  “Amistad” and “Duel of the Fates” from George Lucas’ “Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” Also planned is a 14-minute film sequence from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” in tribute to the film’s 30th anniversary.
Under Istad’s direction, the University Singers have become recognized as a premier collegiate vocal ensemble, performing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Andrea Bocelli. The ensemble has toured in Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia and most recently Eastern Europe.
Istad, director of choral studies, has prepared choruses for Esa–Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, as well as conductors Bramwell Tovey, Eric Whitacre, Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop, George Fenton, John Alexander, William Dehning, John DuPrez, David Lockington and Mark Manderano.
In addition to his role on campus, Istad is also the artistic director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and assistant conductor of the Pacific Chorale.
Williams is recognized as one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has served as music director and laureate conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he maintains artistic relationships with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra,New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony. His numerous honors include: the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, the Olympic Order, as well as Academy, Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe awards. He is the Academy’s most-nominated living person with 47 Oscar nominations to date.

Tickets are available online a or by phone at 323-850-2000. Additional information is available at 323-850-2000.

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