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John Williams and the Walt Disney Concert Hall have a bit of shared history that not many people know about. In 2003, when the hall first opened, Williams penned a special tune to commemorate the event - Soundings. That piece, along with a lot of others from the storied career of John Williams, are going to be performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's opening gala on September 30th. Before you ask, yes, they will be playing Star Wars music, as no concert of Williams' music would be complete without a couple of tunes from the galaxy far far away. However, as an added treat, gala attendees will be getting an eyeful of concept art from the Lucasfilm vault!
The L.A. Times had all of the details, stating that Star Wars will be featured at the opening concert, as well as "a video projection using concept art from the Lucasfilm archive." This is pretty exciting in and of itself, however if you're looking for any sort of new concept art or music from Star Wars: Episode VII, it's extremely unlikely you'll be getting anything of the sort. At least, you won't be seeing anything directly linked to the upcoming J.J. Abrams directed film.
With the recent trend of throwback concept art from artists such as Ralph McQuarrie being used as inspiration for the newer installment's visuals, there's a good chance that this concept art will be hand picked as a tease of sorts towards the elements that Episode VII will be looking to replicate in its finished product.
Which also leads us to wonder if the art is going to invoke what the new film is going to look like, will the John Williams selections played at the gala reflect the sort of music he'll be hard at work crafting once J.J. Abrams is finished filming Star Wars: Episode VII? Seeing as John Williams waits until the film is complete to write his music, he probably hasn't written anything new as of yet. However, that's not to say that he doesn't have a personal copy of the finished shooting script to look over and to start making musical connections with.
In other words, if you're attending the Los Angeles Philharmonic's opening gala, you might be seeing images like this...
...mixed with music like this...
...to give you an idea of what Star Wars: Episode VII will look like.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's opening gala will take place on September 30th, and will also feature selections from Schindler's List, The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn, and Catch Me If You Can. Star Wars: Episode VII will be released on December 18th, 2015.