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People like to say that movies are magic. Well, at the Greek, Hans Zimmer was magic / SF Weekly

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A funny thing happened at Hans Zimmer's concert Wednesday night at the Greek. At the center of a stage packed with choir singers, string players, drummers, and guitarists, Zimmer sat at a weathered piano, plunking out the opening notes to "Time" - a piece of score from Christopher Nolan's 2010 film, Inception. And yet, there was not footage of Inception to be found, no screen projecting images from the movie as Zimmer and his orchestra set to work.

Instead, the focus was placed squarely where Zimmer wanted it: on the artists responsible for the some of the most iconic film scores of the past 30 years. Here was Tina Guo, a fiery and phenomenally gifted solo cellist. Here was Satnam Ramgorta, a drummer of peerless skill and limitless energy. While in no diminishing the importance of the films that have come to represent the bulk of Zimmer's illustrious career, he rightly moved away from simply providing their soundtrack once again.

People like to say that movies are magic. Well, Hans Zimmer is magic, too.

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