John Williams (‘The Book Thief’), Steven Price (‘Gravity’), Hans Zimmer (’12 Years a Slave’) and Thomas Newman (‘Saving Mr. Banks’) discuss their work. – Full article at the Los Angeles Times
Next year, John Williams will conduct the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for the first time in a decade during a special one-night-only benefit concert. The performance will take place on February 6, 2014 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County, California. Tickets now available at PacificSymphony.org
Composer John Williams and cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought a yin-and-yang chemistry to the Houston Symphony concert devoted to Williams’ movie and concert music.
Williams, who conducted Thursday, was genial but self-effacing, Ma the ebullient one – waving to the audience with his first step onstage, smiling broadly, quickly giving a thumbs-up to audience members seated behind the orchestra. When they got down to work, Ma cut a more animated figure sitting behind his cello than Williams did standing at the podium. – Full review at the Houston Chronicle (includes pictures)
John Williams’ score for Lincoln has been nominated in the “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media” category for the 2013 Grammy Awards (for albums albums released between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013).
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 26, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
BOSTON (June 6, 7, 10 & 11, 2014)
Film Night with John Williams will return this June as a signature event of the spring season. Williams will lead the Pops in popular film themes from his blockbuster scores to Star Wars, Jaws, and the Indiana Jones and Harry Potter series. In addition to presenting his own beloved scores, Mr. Williams will lead the Pops in a tribute to celebrated film composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as selections by some of the up-and-coming composers working in the field today.
Tickets goes on sale tomorrow, December 5, 2013
TANGLEWOOD (August 2 & 5, 2014)
John Williams will lead Tanglewood’s Film Night, one of the most eagerly-anticipated evenings of the Tanglewood season, with special guests to be announced at a later date (8/2). The annual day-long musical celebration, Tanglewood on Parade, culminating in an evening concert with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood Music Center orchestras, led by Keith Lockhart, John Williams, and Stéphane Denève will take place on August 5.
JOHN WILLIAMS’ FILM NIGHT: Saturday, August 2
(Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by John Williams)
TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE: Tuesday, August 5
(BSO, Boston Pops, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra; Stephane Deneve, Keith Lockhart, Leonard Slatkin, and John Williams, conductors)
Program to include Tchaikovsky (1812 Overture) followed by fireworks
The International Press Academy (IPA) today announced its nominations for the 18th Annual Satellite Awards honoring Motion Pictures, Television, Blu-ray Discs, and Video Games. John Williams’ score for The Book Thief was named one of the top scores of the year along with Gravity by Steven Price, Her by Arcade Fire, Philomena by Alexandre Desplat, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by Theodore Shapiro, and Twelve Years a Slave by Hans Zimmer. The Satellite Awards ceremony will be held March 9 in Los Angeles. – Full list of nominees.
Film Music Magazine – If there’s one instrument that Williams has used to devastating effect, then it’s certainly the violin in the Hebraic scores to “Schindler’s List” and “Munich.” What’s interesting, and no less impactful about “The Book Thief” is that the solo violin is barely present. Instead, the predominant sound is harp, strings and piano, as mostly heard in a pensive, if not gently happy register reminiscent of Williams’ soundtracks to “Stanley and Irish” and “The Accidental Tourist” – one movie about a writer re-discovering his purpose in life, and the other about a unassuming man learning to read. – Full review *NEW*
“JOHN WILLIAMS RETURNS!”
November 8, 9 & 10, 2013, Chicago, IL
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS
Gil Shaham, violin
Steven Spielberg and longtime artistic collaborator John Williams were among those attending Thursday’s celebration on the 20th Century Fox lot renaming the studio’s historic music building in honor of the late Lionel Newman, the prolific television and film composer. – Full article at The Hollywood Reporter — UPDATE: New report from The Film Music Society
December 18, 2013 7:30 PM, Severance Hall
The Cleveland Orchestra – David Newman, conductor
Composer John Williams’s delightful score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra
A true holiday favorite, this heart-warming classic comedy comes to Severance Hall for one night only — with renowned composer John Williams’s delightful musical score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra. This will be the first time an orchestra is playing the music live with a showing of the film. – Full details at the orchestra’s website