On the third and final night of the inaugural concert gala heralding the Walt Disney Concert Hall as the new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the program was “Soundstage L.A.,” a stunning celebration of the distinguished history of music for motion pictures. Of course, Elmer Bernstein was in attendance.
It was after the intermission that the audience of 2,200 was treated to the famed The Magnificent Seven theme, as conducted by fellow maestro John Williams. Then, as one of two encores conducted by the L.A. Philharmonic’s own Esa-Pekka Salonen, the touching and melodic To Kill a Mockingbird was met with a standing ovation. A thrilled Mr. Bernstein later commented that it was the best performance of Mockingbird he had ever heard.