Tanglewood ‘Film Night’ Concert Online

August 13, 2016, Tanglewood, MA
The Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Richard Kaufman and JOHN WILLIAMS



Richard Kaufman conducting

“Up, Up and Away: The Movies Take Flight”

  • The Flying Theme from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Flight to Neverland from Hook
  • March from Superman
  • Love Theme from Superman
  • Flight and Technology from The Unfinished Journey
  • Flying Over Africa” from Out of Africa (Barry)
  • Ireland from The Spirit of St. Louis (Waxman)
  • March from The Great Waldo Pepper (Mancini)


John Williams Conducting

  • Olympic Fanfare and Theme
  • Song for World Peace

“May The Force Be With You: The Music of Star Wars

  • The Jedi Steps and Finale from The Force Awakens
  • The Asteroid Field from The Empire Strikes Back
  • Princess Leia’s Theme from Star Wars
  • The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back
  • Rey’s Theme from The Force Awakens
  • The Throne Room & Finale from Star Wars


  • Luke and Leia from Return of the Jedi
  • Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Williams Confirms He’s Scoring ‘Episode VIII’ (UPDATED)

According to reports from JWFan members as well as a review of last Saturday’s ‘Film Night’ concert at Tanglewood, Williams told the attending crowd that he will indeed compose the score to Star Wars: Episode VIII, and he plans to see a first cut of the film in a few weeks.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to be released in cinemas on December 15, 2017.

UPDATE: Williams’ speech (video and transcript):

So our producer Kathy Kennedy called me at Disney Studios a few weeks ago and said “Would you like to do the new Star Wars?” and I said “Well, yes, I think I would but the honest truth is I don’t want anybody else to write music for Daisy. So in a few weeks I will receive a first viewing of it and see who Rey’s father is, we don’t know, we’ll find out.

John Williams’ AFI Award Tribute Videos Online

The American Film Institute’s YouTube channel has been updated with a series of highlights from their John Williams Life Achievement Award tribute gala, which took place on June 9 in Hollywood. Their current playlist includes Williams’ acceptance speech as well as salutes and speeches from Steven Spielberg, Drew Barrymore, J.J. Abrams, George Lucas, Harrison Ford and Kobe Bryant.

Williams Meets Two Musicians Playing the ‘Star Wars’ Theme Outside His House

This is what happened when two musicians made a spontaneous decision to play the Star Wars theme in front of John Williams’ house on July 11, 2016… With the high part played by 13-year-old trumpeter, Bryce Hayashi, and the lower flugelhorn part played by Michael Miller (“Mickle”), John Williams decided to come out and greet the young musicians (1:07 into the video).

JWFan Reviews ‘The BFG’

The BFG – The Big Friendly Giant
Music composed and conducted by John Williams

a review
Mikko Ojala

The director/composer partnership of Steven Spielberg and John Williams is by any standards legendary in film business and each new outing of the pair is anticipated with enthusiasm and interest by the film and film music buffs. Their 28th feature film collaboration is an adaptation of the Roald Dahl’s children story, The Big Friendly Giant or The BFG for short,which in the vein of the author’s other works for children combines darker elements and often adults in the roles of villains with humour, lightness of touch and terrific word play. While the film reportedly includes more the whimsy and less of the dark, the score by John Williams sees the maestro returning to magic and childish wonder in full force and in a very familiar style.

Williams to Premiere ‘The BFG’ Suite at Tanglewood

John Williams will conduct an eight-minute suite from his latest score, The BFG, at this year’s Tanglewood on Parade, which will take place on August 2. The program will also include March of the Resistance from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and his concert piece Of Grace and Majesty, formerly known as A Hymn to New England.

The soundtrack album for The BFG is now available for purchase at Amazon.com and other online retailers.

‘The Force Awakens’ Score Wins Saturn Award

John Williams’ score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens received the Saturn Award, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, in a ceremony that took place June 22 in Burbank, California.

The 42nd Saturn Awards, honor the best in science fiction, fantasy, horror and other genres in film, television, home media releases, and theatre in 2015 and early 2016 –  Full list of winners

Williams Receives AFI’s Life Achievement Award

On June 9, Steven Spielberg presented the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award to his longtime collaborator, composer John Williams. This was the first time in the history of the American Film Institute that the award went to a composer.

Williams’ career was celebrated at a private Gala Tribute at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The televised special, AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS, will air on TNT on June 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/ PT)

Here’s a collection of articles, tweets, photos and videos of the June 9 event:

Williams Confirmed for ‘Indiana Jones 5’

Spielberg confirmed to ETOnline on Thursday that legendary composer John Williams will be returning to score the as-yet-untitled fifth Indiana Jones feature, after lending his talents to the first four features in the Harrison Ford-starring series.

“John Williams will come back and score [the film], absolutely,” the director said at the American Film Institute event honoring Williams with the AFI Life Achievement Award at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Full article at ETOnline.com

Williams Confirms Work on Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’, “Expects” to do ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’

In a recent interview published today in Variety, John Williams has confirmed that he will write the score for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which he plans to begin working on in November, and that he “expects” to do Star Wars: Episode VIII. The maestro also revealed that he wrote two hours for Spielberg’s The BFG, and that he plans to compose a new concert work this summer:

Williams, who says he has no thought of retiring [“Steven expects me to work until I’m 100”], still spends every day writing music, whether for film or the concert hall. After a heavy schedule over the past 14 months, writing three hours of music for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and another two for Spielberg’s “The BFG,”

“I could use a little break,” he says.

He plans to begin work on Spielberg’s next film, “Ready Player One,” in November, and then next year expects to do the next “Star Wars” film. “If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley,” he quips.

Williams may also compose a concert work [“for one of my favorite European artists,” whom he declined to name] this summer. Concert work has increasingly occupied him between films, including concertos for cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Gil Shaham and others. He is also committed to writing “a couple of minutes of music” for an animated version of retiring L.A. Laker great Kobe Bryant’s poem “Dear Basketball.”

Full article at Variety.

Williams will receive the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award tonight from director Steven Spielberg. It will be the first such honor given to a composer in the 44-year history of the award.