Williams Cancels Appearances with San Diego Symphony


John Williams Withdraws as San Diego Symphony Guest Conductor for January
30, 31 Concerts; Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart Will Lead the Orchestra
in His Place

It is with deep regret that we announce John Williams must withdraw from conducting the
special concerts scheduled with the San Diego Symphony at the Jacobs Music Center on Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31, 2015.

‘Montage’ Trailer Online

The trailer for “Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano”, Gloria Cheng’s CD and film project featuring John Williams’ “Conversations” is now available on YouTube. Along with Williams’ most recent concert piece, the album features new piano works by Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman and Alexandre Desplat. A documentary film on the project will be released soon. – Track listing, artwork and pre-order on Amazon.com (Release date: February 10)

‘Home Alone’ Live to Picture – Facebook Contest

The Boston Pops are running a Facebook contest to give away tickets to their Home Alone concert on December 26, as well as a signed film score by John Williams.

The performance features the complete John Williams score performed live by the Pops while the movie is shown on a giant screen.

Boston Pops – ‘Home Alone’
Boston Symphony Hall
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Wellesley High School Chorus


Enter to win tickets to the Boston Pops Home Alone concert on December 26! In addition to the tickets, two winners will also get a signed film score by John Williams and one additional winner will get a Home Alone DVD. We’ll draw the winners on Dec. 22.  – Click here for more details

Williams Receives 64th Grammy Nomination

The track “The Book Thief” from the original soundtrack album of the same title has been nominated for Best Instrumental Composition at this year’s Grammy Awards, presented for albums released between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014.

Williams has received a total of 21 Grammys, including recent wins for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich.

The 57th Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 8, 2015 (John Williams’ birthday).

‘SpaceCamp’ Album Back in Print


A John Williams score that should never be out of print is back! Same contents as Intrada’s previous release. (Owners of that CD need not apply.) Harry Winer film with Kate Capshaw, Tom Skerritt, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston and very young Leaf (Joaquin) Phoenix sends team of student astronauts into space with disasters at every turn. Picture offers glimpse into real world of astronaut training program albeit exciting make-believe adventures take front and center. John Williams creates one of his most exhilarating scores of all time, aiming his large orchestra towards the awe and spectacle of discovery in outer space.

John Williams’ ‘Conversations’ Piece – Album Release Concert and Film Premiere

Piano Spheres: Gloria Cheng
Great Film Composers and the Piano
February 20, 2015

Two performances: 8pm and 9:30pm

MONTAGE – Great Film Composers and the Piano

Film premiere and CD Release Concert

Celebrate Gloria Cheng’s latest harmonia mundi release of piano works written for her by today’s greatest film composers. Hear the “personal side” of John Williams, Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, and Randy Newman, and how they compose when free from the constraints of scoring a film. Each of the two performances will feature selections from the CD, and the much-anticipated premiere of Gloria’s documentary film of the recording sessions, interviews, and footage from last year’s spectacular world premiere concert on the Piano Spheres series. – Full details at the Boston Court website

First Cues for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Recorded

From MakingStarWars.net:

Today, we received several reports about John Williams recording Star Wars cues at a Sony scoring stage. The Maestro is apparently recording the music for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser. As we’ve mentioned before, we heard the rough edit of the teaser was just a little over a minute long, showing off new characters from the film and culminating with the return of the Falcon to the big screen! We also heard that this rough edit was cut to existing Star Wars cues. The music recorded today was described by one source as a medley. Most likely what is being heard features new tiny transitions to make all the various cues line up to hit the beats the editors of the teaser envisioned. – Full report

John Williams’ ‘Film Night’ at Tanglewood: August 22, 2015

John Williams will conduct the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for the annual Film Night at Tanglewood on August 22, 2015. Williams will share the podium with composer David Newman, who was also a guest conductor at the Tanglewood 2013 performance.

(Video: John Williams conducts ‘The Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars’ at Tanglewood’s ‘Film Night’ 2014)

See also: John Williams’ Film Night at Tanglewood 2014 – Full concert audio, reviews and photos