Announcing ‘L.A. STUDIO LEGENDS: The Reunion’ Video Event

An exclusive online video event coming December 23 at The Legacy of John Williams with the great Los Angeles studio musicians reuniting for the first time in years to celebrate John Williams

Illustration by Gianmaria Caschetto; Poster Art by Miguel Andrade

After the great success of online events SCORE MASTERS: Celebrating John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith and THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP: John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra, The Legacy of John Williams is excited to present a new exclusive video production celebrating John Williams and the extraordinary musicianship of some of his favourite studio orchestra players.

L.A. STUDIO LEGENDS – The Reunion will explore the unparalleled contribution that the great Los Angeles-based studio players brought to many of John Williams’ film soundtracks and recordings in a conversation with some of the world’s most legendary studio musicians who performed in principal roles on dozens of his scores recorded in Hollywood from the late 1960s until recent years: Flutists Louise Di Tullio and Sheridon Stokes, Pianist and Keyboardist Ralph Grierson, Trumpet player Malcolm McNab, French Horn player James Thatcher and Tuba player James Self.

Joining the conversation is esteemed Conductor (and former studio Violinist) Richard Kaufman, one of the world’s leading interpreters of film music repertoire and also a personal friend of Maestro Williams.

John Williams and conductor Richard Kaufman (Photo © Todd Rosenberg / Chicago Symphony)

This spectacular ensemble of talented musicians, reuniting for the first time in years, will offer a precious perspective on John Williams’ musicianship as a composer and conductor, recollecting the unforgettable performances on such classic film scores as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park among others and sharing many of their fond memories of playing for Maestro Williams.

It was always a privilege to work for him, even back in the early days,” says flutist Louise Di Tullio, who did her first session with John Williams in 1969 and later performed as principal flute under him for more than 30 years. “John set a tone for working with people in his sessions,” comments conductor Richard Kaufman, who played violin on such scores as Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. “The feeling in the room was always a positive one and there was always a feeling of mutual respect between John and the musicians, a passion and a desire to make the music really, really great.”

The event is hosted and produced by The Legacy of John Williams’ Editor-In-Chief Maurizio Caschetto and Head Contributor Tim Burden, and will premiere on December 23 at 8PM GMT / 3PM EST / 12PM PST at The Legacy of John Williams’ website and official YouTube channel.

Over the last two years, we had many great Los Angeles studio musicians as guests on The Legacy of John Williams podcast,” say producers Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden, “But this is the first time they are gathering all together to honour John Williams and recollect their experiences playing for him. We’re honoured and privileged to host this event as a tribute to John Williams and to these incredible musicians who graced many of his film scores with their superb playing.”

John Williams conducting the sessions for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) at MGM Scoring Stage. The orchestra included many of the special guests featured in this discussion

Prepare for a fantastic and emotional journey with some of the greatest Los Angeles studio legends gathering together for the first time in years to celebrate John Williams.

Watch the Trailer:

Watch this montage of recording session footage, collected and edited by Head Contributor Tim Burden:

Download the Press Release: