John Williams in Miami, March 2, 2019: Report & Videos

‘A CELEBRATION OF JOHN WILLIAMS’
March 2, 2019
New World Symphony orchestra conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS, MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, SARAH HICKS and FRANCESCO LECCE-CHONG
Itzhak Perlman, Special Guest

CONCERT PROGRAM

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
– Olympic Fanfare and Theme

Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
– Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
– Second movement from The Five Sacred Trees, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra

Sarah Hicks, conductor
– Harry’s Wondrous World from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
– Opening Sequence from Raiders of the Lost Ark

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
– Main Theme from Star Wars
– Happy Birthday

John Williams, conductor
– Adventures On Earth from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
– Theme from Schindler’s List (Itzhak Perlman, violin)
– The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back

VIDEOS (FULL CONCERT)

REVIEWS

JWFAN REVIEWS

Report by ‘JohnnyD’

“Music is there for everybody. It’s a river we can all put our cups into and drink it and be sustained by it”

That quote is on top of a large standing poster inside the entrance of the New World Center. At the center is the Maestro conducting. The top left corner is an image of Luke, Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO from The Empire Strikes Back. The top right corner is the iconic image from E.T. The bottom left corner is a picture of the baby raptor hatching scene from Jurassic Park. The bottom right corner is a picture of Indiana Jones and his father from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

I am thrilled to be there.

While I could not afford a ticket to the gala event, I am right outside the New World Center, the location of the gala event, where they are doing a free live simulcast of the concert.

There is a legion of Imperial Stormtroopers right outside. They are taking pictures and mingling with guests. I honestly was not expecting that, but I was not surprised either.

I am truly glad that I am able to experience this concert.

Michael Tilson Thomas opened the concert by conducting the Maestro’s Olympic Fanfare and Theme, with montage of the 2018 Olympics accompanying.

Then, Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind accompanied by scenes from the film.

Second movement from The Five Sacred Trees – Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra.

Harry’s Wondrous World, accompanied by a montage of all eight films.

Opening sequence from Raiders of the Lost Ark, matching the film.

Michael Tilson Thomas celebrated the Maestro’s birthday with a performance of the song in the style of 17th century Venice. A nice treat.

The Maestro himself conducted Adventures On Earth from E.T.

The Maestro conducted Theme from Schindler’s List, with special guest Itzhak Perlman, a surprise to myself and everyone. After that, he shared his anecdote about seeing the film for the first time with Steven Spielberg. It is still funny every time he shares that.

The evening concluded with the Maestro conducting The Imperial March.

The evening was a phenomenal tribute to Maestro John Williams. The New World Symphony performed beautifully.

PHOTOS 

(Photos by Daniel Cape)

 

VIDEOS

Adventures on Earth from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Theme from Schindler’s List