During his October 4 concert in Milwaukee, and as an introduction to his performance of The Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars, John Williams revealed that “in about two weeks” he would start working on the score to Star Wars: Episode VII. The new chapter in the Star Wars saga is scheduled for release on December 18, 2015. – Read the original report at MakingStarWars.net
UPDATE:According to an UNCONFIRMED RUMOR (posted by record producer Ford A. Thaxton on FSM), the reason Williams will start working on Star Wars: Episode VII this month might be because Disney wants to release the first teaser for the film on Christmas Day. The teaser would feature original music written by Williams and recorded in Los Angeles.
Composing a score is like writing prose and rewriting it six times, Williams said. Watching a film as he works, “I try to ask a simple question: What do I think the film should sound like?” he said. “One follows one’s stomach and hopes (to) get it right.” – Full interview at Journal Sentinel
“A CELEBRATION OF JOHN WILLIAMS: OPENING GALA CONCERT”
September 30, 2014, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
JOHN WILLIAMS, special guest conductor
U.S. Army Herald Trumpets
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and members from the Angeles Chorale – Anne Tomlinson, conductor
Itzhak Perlman, violin
John Williams will conduct the San Diego Symphony Orchestra on January 30 & 31, 2015, in a program that will include selections from E.T., Indiana Jones, Star Wars and a suite from Memoirs of a Geisha featuring cellist Johannes Moser. More details at the orchestra’s website: January 30 – January 31
Note: Only subscribers to any Season 2014-15 series will have access to John Williams tickets through December.
Following last year’s premiere show by the Cleveland Symphony, several orchestras across the US will perform John Williams’ Home Alone score live to projection this December. The list of cities includes Nashville, San Francisco, Detroit and Boston, with more possibly added soon. More details and ticket purchase at the links below.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, kicks off its 2014/15 season in grand fashion with a celebration of the greatest film composer of all time at the Opening Night Concert & Gala: A John Williams Celebration, Tuesday, September 30, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The all-Williams concert program is highlighted by an appearance from legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman joining the orchestra to perform works including music from Schindler’s List.
The program features several elaborate video installations created by projection designer Netia Jones and critically acclaimed creative studio, LIGHTMAP. Jones is producing new video content for the performance of Williams’ Soundings, first performed at the 2003 opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall. For the show’s thrilling conclusion, Jones is designing a unique video installation featuring concept art from the Lucasfilm archive, to accompany the orchestra’s performance of the iconic Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars.
“JOHN WILLIAMS: MAESTRO OF THE MOVIES”
August 29 & 30, 2014, Hollywood Bowl, CA
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS
Cal State Fullerton University Singers
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Robert DeMaine, cello
Bing Wang, violin
Seth MacFarlane, special guest
Beloved actor Robin Williams was found dead on Monday, police reported. He was 63. The apparent cause of death was suicide, authorities said. According to his publicist, Williams had been battling severe depression. – Full article at The Huffington Post