Category: Miscellaneous

John Williams Makes Significant Pledge to L.A. Philharmonic

Famed composer-conductor John Williams and his wife, Samantha, have made a significant pledge to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Campaign, it was announced Friday. The total amount of the gift was not disclosed, but goes toward the organization’s $500 million…

Margot Kidder, ‘Superman’ Actress, Dies at 69

Margot Kidder, the actress best known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the “Superman” films, has died. She was 69. The actress died in her sleep at her home on Sunday in Livingston, Mont., her publicist Camilla Fluxman…

Williams Donates All His Scores to Juilliard

The Juilliard School announced today that it has received a bequest from Academy Award-winning composer and conductor John Williams of his complete library of concert music and film music scores as well as his sketchbooks. Mr. Williams, who studied piano…

John Williams’ Compositional Techniques Blog

The John Willliams Compositional Techniques is the title of a new book that film composer Leandro Gardini expects to publish in the near future. Until the book is out, the author has decided to share some excerpts in the form…

Spanish Book on the Music of Star Wars

Star Wars. La Música is the title of a new book by pianist and composer Andrés Valverde, who first published a John Williams biography in Spanish in 2013. The new book takes an in-depth look at the creating process of…

Jazz Harmonica Legend Toots Thielemans Dies at 94

Toots Thielemans, one of the only musicians to have a successful career as a jazz harmonica player, died on Monday in Brussels. Thielemans performed in the original soundtrack recordings of John Williams’ Cinderella Liberty (1973) and the first Williams/Spielberg collaboration,…

‘Star Wars’ Recording Engineer Eric Tomlinson Dies

Recording engineer Eric Tomlinson, who collaborated with John Williams during the ’70s and early ’80s, passed away earlier this week at age 84. Tomlinson worked with Williams in the recording of the scores for Fiddler of the Roof, Star Wars,…