Picks and Pans Review: Evening at Pops: Star Wars and the Hollywood Sound
This hour with the Boston Pops Orchestra and its laureate conductor, John Williams, is devoted to movie music in the grand style, including Williams's Oscar-winning scores for Star Wars, E.T. and Schindler's List. Violinist Itzhak Perlman plays gorgeously in selections from Schindler's List, Far and Away (also scored by Williams) and Cinema Paradiso (music by Ennio Morricone). Grover Washington Jr. contributes sterling alto-sax solos in a suite from Franz Waxman's score for A Place in the Sun—although viewers might appreciate the music more if host Gene Shalit took a moment to describe the 1951 film. Speaking of Shalit, why must he interview Williams in a fancy restaurant, where the anecdotes compete with closeups of coffee cups?