On June 16th, La-La Land Records will release an expanded and remastered 3-disc set of John Williams’ score for A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). Presented in collaboration with Williams and Steven Spielberg, this limited edition of 3000 units contains “over 2 hours of previously unreleased music”. The album has been produced, assembled and mastered by Mike Matessino.
“There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven’t done it yet, but we’re planning to do it. It’s something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we’ve chosen to do these kinds of quotes. There aren’t many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way.” – Full interview at Vanity Fair.
Th BSO has announced that John Williams has cancelled his May 22 and 23 appearances with the Boston Pops due to a back ailment that requires him to rest and limit travel over the next few weeks. Richard Kaufman will conduct these performances.
Here’s the BSO’s full notice:
John Williams regretfully has had to cancel his upcoming appearances with the Boston Pops, May 22 and 23, due to a back ailment that requires him to rest and limit travel over the next few weeks. Please note, the program will remain the same.
Richard Kaufman will conduct these performances. Among his many accomplishments, Richard Kaufman is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Pacific Symphony, the Pops Conductor Laureate of the Dallas Symphony, and is celebrating his tenth season at the helm of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s film concert series “CSO at the Movies.” As a friend and colleague of John Williams, Mr. Kaufman has appeared as a violinist on many of Mr. Williams’s film sound tracks over the years.
The US Coast Guard Band have just released a new John Williams 2CD set featuring a selection of John Williams suites and themes which includes the first official release of the 15-minute concert piece A Nostalgic Jazz Odyssey (1971), never before available on album or CD, as well as the premiere release of a studio recording of Fanfare for Fenway (2012), previously released by the US Air Force Band as a live recording.
Press Release- The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Music From The Star Wars Saga
SILVA SCREEN RECORDS PRESENTS MUSIC FROM THE STAR WARS SAGA
Released to celebrate May 4th Star Wars Day and the mounting excitement for the December release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
This compilation brings together selections from all six Star Wars films featuring John William’s towering and epic scores performed by the renowned City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights include The Imperial March, Forest Battle, Duel Of The Fates and The Throne Room/Finale, the latter the masterful ending to the original 1977 Star Wars and the Oscar winner for best score.
FILM CONCERTS LIVE! Brings Two Spielberg Classics to Concert Halls For First Time Orchestras to “Phone Home” with E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark
LOS ANGELES, CA – Lights… Camera… Music! IMG Artists and The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency are pleased to announce the creation of Film Concerts Live!, a new brand identity for their highly successful co-venture bringing full-length feature films to concert halls with symphony orchestras performing the scores live in sync with the pictures. Titles already available include Back to the Future, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Home Alone.
Now, Film Concerts Live! will bring two of Steven Spielberg’s biggest movie hits to concert halls for the first time, just in time for each picture’s 35th anniversary. The brand has signed worldwide deals with Lucasfilm Ltd/Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures to present the four-time Academy Award®-winning films Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at major concert venues – with symphony orchestras performing longtime Spielberg collaborator and five-time Oscar®-winner John Williams’ unforgettable scores live in sync with the films. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will give the world premiere of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Live in Concert at the famed Hollywood Bowl in September 2015. Raiders of the Lost Ark Live in Concert will receive its world premiere in December 2015 with the 21st Century Orchestra at KKL in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams chats with StarWars.com at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 about the joy of working with John Williams on the film’s score and creating new themes (video)
“Talk about collaborating with John Williams to put a brand new spin on a new Star Wars film score”
J.J. ABRAMS: It’s impossible to overstate the impact that John Williams has had on the movies that he’s worked on. Working with him on this has been maybe the most unbelievable and surreal joy of the whole thing.
What we are doing with the music needs to be very consistent with what we’re doing with the rest of the movie, which is that it needs to embrace what’s come before, but be moving forward and telling a new story.
So the new themes that you’ll hear, which co-exist with many of the old ones… is work that only John Williams could do.
Bruce Handy: Tell me about what it was like working on the new film both as its writer-director and as a hard-core Star Wars fan going back to your childhood.
J.J. ABRAMS: Maybe the weirdest moment, which came months after production, was the first time I sat down with John Williams to show him about a half an hour of the movie. I can’t describe the feeling. All I will say is, just to state the facts of it: I am about to show John Williams 30 minutes of a Star Wars movie that he has not seen that I directed.
I mean, none of what I just said to you was ever going to happen in any form. John Williams—he was the DVD or Blu-ray of my childhood because we didn’t, of course, have VHS tapes of movies to watch when we wanted to. So I would buy John Williams soundtracks, often for movies I had not seen yet, and I would lie on the floor in my room with my headphones on listening to the soundtracks which would essentially tell me the story of the movie that I didn’t know. And I’d look at the photographs on the back of the album and I tried to read what I could about the movie—but really, I would just listen to these soundtracks. So it was an amazing thing to get to know him. But the weirdest thing was the idea that I was showing him scenes from a Star Wars movie he hadn’t seen yet. And the fact that they were scenes that I directed—that’s probably as surreal as it gets in my professional life experience.
Members of the brain trust behind The Force Awakens: composer John Williams, producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, and director and co-writer Abrams, photographed at Bad Robot, Abrams’s production company, in Santa Monica.
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. (click to enlarge)