HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third consecutive year, the Jose Iturbi Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and is pleased to support this year's John Williams: Maestro of the Movies Concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30, at 8 PM. Williams, the incomparable film composer, returns to conduct many of his most beloved movie hits, including music from Star Wars, and to pay tribute to some of the classic stars. Williams is joined by special guest Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted).
The Jose Iturbi Foundation (JIF) honors legendary concert pianist and conductor Jose Iturbi, who made his first appearance as a premier performer at the Hollywood Bowl more than 50 years ago and continued to perform to sold-out audiences at the Bowl for more than four decades.
"Iturbi is considered the classical music's 'rock star' of his generation during Hollywood's glamour years of the 1930's and 40's," said Donelle Dadigan, President and Co-Founder of the Jose Iturbi Foundation. "We are thrilled to perpetuate this special relationship with the Jose Iturbi Foundation and the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl."
A world famous concert pianist and conductor, Iturbi was the first musician to sell 1,000,000 copies of a record - Frederic Chopin's Military Polonaise in 1950, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to commemorate this milestone. One of Iturbi's most popular films is the MGM classic, Anchors Aweigh (1945), starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.
The Jose Iturbi Foundation will also present a special historic photo presentation on the Hollywood Bowl's large screens prior to the concert, spanning Iturbi's life, talents and his past Hollywood Bowl performances with Hollywood's music celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante, Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson, and more.
ABOUT THE JOSE ITURBI FOUNDATION
Jose Iturbi Foundation Mission Statement: "I feel that classical music should be a more recognizable part of everyone's entertainment. It has been my hope that through live concerts, motion pictures, recordings, international competitions, and interesting public forums, a larger group of people will learn to love classical music and attend live concert performances." - Jose Iturbi, Beverly Hills, California, 1950
The Jose Iturbi Foundation (JIF) showcases the world's greatest classical music talent of tomorrow in conjunction with Iturbi Hollywood Concerts featuring compelling and dynamic performances in an intimate setting reflecting Hollywood's glamour years (1930s & 1940s). Each year of the competition, the Jose Iturbi Foundation awards more than $250,000 and is the largest cash prize classical music competition in the world. For information about JIF, please visit: JoseIturbiFoundation.org.
SOURCE Jose Iturbi Foundation