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    Omen II got a reaction from Arpy in The Official Michael Giacchino Thread   
    Michael Giacchino will also be conducting a Christmas variety show at the Royal Albert Hall on 20th December 2019.  Colour me intrigued!
     
    https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2019/royal-albert-hall-christmas-variety-show/
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    Omen II reacted to Marian Schedenig in Tanglewood 2019: ANH Live, "Across the Stars", Film Night and more   
    No.
     
     
    Not that we know at least.
     
     
    Except on the harp, but she usually wasn't included in official group photos of the orchestra.
     
    Anyway, I've finally found some time to start going through my photos. Here are some shots from Tanglewood. Excuse the blurry Williams shots, the Shed was a bit dark for my travel zoom lens.
     

     

    Tanglewood looks rather like Hogwarts...
     

    The Koussevitzky bust commissioned by Williams.
     

    John Williams in his natural habitat.
     

     

    A dendrophile's dream.
     

    People queuing for lawn seats.
     

    The Koussevitzky shed a few hours...
     

    ...and one hour before the concert.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Omen II reacted to publicist in How long did it take John Williams to compose his scores?   
    Dimitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten.
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    Omen II reacted to pete in The Book Thief vs. The BFG vs. The Post - The "middling" JW scores from the last few years!   
    Learning to play a theme from The Book Thief on piano a few years back (Five years ago tomorrow!)  really increased my appreciation for that theme and for the score in general.
     
     
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    Omen II reacted to Ricard in 'John Williams: Maestro of the Movies' at the Hollywood Bowl, Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2019 (David Newman & John Williams conducting)   
    Theme from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (David Newman conducting):
     
     
    Excerpts from Jurassic Park (David Newman conducting):
     
     
    Star Wars Lego introduction / Star Wars Main Title (partial) (John Williams conducting):
     
     
    The Adventures of Han from Solo: A Star Wars Story (John Williams conducting):
     
     
    Luke and Leia from Return of the Jedi (John Williams conducting):
     
     
    Williams talks The Rise of Skywalker, introduces the Star Wars Main Title (August 30):
     
     
    Williams talks The Rise of Skywalker - Star Wars Main Title (August 31) (John Williams conducting):
     
     
    The Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark (John Williams conducting):
     
     
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    Omen II got a reaction from mstrox in the mstrox thread   
    I command you to trudge around the rough areas of Philly with your hands in your pockets like Bruce Springsteen in the Streets of Philadelphia video, but singing If We Were In Love from Yes, Giorgio in the same mumbling style as the Boss in said music video.  And please, report back on how the Williams / Bergman classic goes down in the 'hood.
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    Omen II got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in the mstrox thread   
    I command you to trudge around the rough areas of Philly with your hands in your pockets like Bruce Springsteen in the Streets of Philadelphia video, but singing If We Were In Love from Yes, Giorgio in the same mumbling style as the Boss in said music video.  And please, report back on how the Williams / Bergman classic goes down in the 'hood.
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    Omen II reacted to crocodile in Tanglewood 2019: ANH Live, "Across the Stars", Film Night and more   
    It was really lovely. Seeing Williams speak and conduct his music was a wonderful thing. Made me feel quite emotional. He appeared at the very start of the evening to introduce the concert. It was quite obvious he's going to conduct the SW section (plus Yoda's Theme and The Imperial March encores) when David Newman mentioned there might be a "surprise" at the end.
     
    Other thoughts:
     
    Absolutely loved The Cowboys and Jane Eyre segments.
     
    Galaxy's Edge was good to hear but the piece itself doesn't convince me one bit.
     
    It was nice to see three segments conducted to film. The E.T. was the opening sequence as indicated on the programme. SPR was the opening cue followed by the shortened Hymn to the Fallen and JP had the dinosaur reveal scene with chorus followed by the fanfare.
     
    Amistad was played faster than usual. I really enjoyed it.
     
    The Williams conducted segment: The Adventures of Han was played bit slower than the soundtrack recording. It's a really fun piece. Luke and Leia was the shortened version. After that, he spoke about having completed 100 minutes of the new score and having to go back to his "other job" the next day and write another 40 minutes due to film changes. And that it is a lot of music. He said he was assured by Disney this is  the "last film" and then added it will be the last one he does. Whether he was being serious is anybody's guess. Then he conducted the Main Title and the two encores. Again, it was a thrilling and emotional thing to witness.
     
    I really enjoyed Tanglewood. I'm also glad me and Marian arrived early to wander about a bit. You can understand why he keeps coming back to this place - it's very relaxing. Quite a lot of people arrived later on so it lost its peaceful vibe to the big summer concert excitement. 
     
    I'm glad we decided to go, especially after what happened last year in London. While only small segment was conducted by Williams himself it was still more than worth all the money. You can tell he's quite old now especially when he walks but, oddly, that goes away as he starts to conduct. It's like doing that gives him new energy. It made me think of that Yoda duel scene in AOTC actually. 😄
     
    Karol
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    Omen II got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in Celebrity Praise for John Williams   
    He's not exactly a celebrity, but I was not sure where else to put this; former LSO managing director and cellist Clive Gillinson talks about playing cello on the original Star Wars score:
     
    http://www.carnegiehall.org/BlogPost.aspx?id=4295019067&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=starwars&sourceCode=22359
     
     
     
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    Omen II reacted to Quintus in Slant's Top 100 Sci-Fi Movies Of All Time   
    Oozed it out, over the whore of an audience.
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    Omen II reacted to mstrox in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Score Predictions   
    I hope it ends with one of those "where are they now" montages.
     

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    Omen II reacted to Jay in PLANET OF THE APES - Film Series 5CD box set from La-La Land Records (2019)   
    My fourth post on page 2 of this thread. 
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    Omen II reacted to Koray Savas in PLANET OF THE APES - Film Series 5CD box set from La-La Land Records (2019)   
    This page on FSM has them. 
     
    Also on LLL’s Facebook page:
     
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    Omen II reacted to woj in The Anal Thread   
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    Omen II got a reaction from Disco Stu in BBC Proms 2019   
    Both 'The Warner Brothers Story' and 'The Sound of Space' proms concerts are now available to watch on the BBC iPlayer for those in the UK (and those overseas clever enough to know any workarounds! @Disco Stu et al.).  Alternatively, anyone can listen to the concerts via the BBC Radio 3 site.
     
    The Warner Brothers Story
    The Sound of Space
     
    I was lucky enough to attend both concerts and cannot recommend them highly enough.  The performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Tomorrow from The Constant Nymph was one of the best live concert experiences of my life, it was real goosebumps stuff in the Royal Albert Hall.  It has long been one of my favourite pieces of Golden Age film music and I have occasionally waxed lyrical about it on here in the past.  It was sung beautifully by the American mezzo soprano Kate Lindsey, who has a proper old school mezzo voice, and the audience just erupted when the piece finished.  Even if you only watch one part of the concert, watch that.
     
    Incidentally, there was a ripple of 'laughter of recognition' in the audience when the second encore Harry's Wondrous World started, much as happens often when the Jaws theme is played in concerts, so embedded now is John Williams's music in the public consciousness.
     


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    Omen II got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in Pet Peeves   
    Your choice of course, Steef, but I had a very sobering reminder yesterday afternoon of why I will always wear a cycle helmet when on my bike, however short the journey.
     
    I was on my bike around lunchtime cycling along a road that I must have cycled on hundreds, if not thousands of times without incident, about half a mile from where I live.  Suddenly, without any warning whatsoever some idiot in a car completely wiped me out from behind at high speed, knocking me off my bike and into the road.  The driver sped off without stopping for even a moment to see if I was ok or if he or she had killed me.  Luckily I was knocked towards the kerbside rather than into a parked car or onto the opposite lane where a bus was approaching.  Thankfully the vehicle behind me also stopped in good time and the driver and a couple of other witnesses came to my aid.
     
    The bus driver who witnessed everything had the presence of mind to note the vehicle registration number so was able to give it to the police who arrived just a few minutes after the ambulance.  Miraculously, I did not sustain any broken bones or any head injury because I was wearing a helmet.  My right hand side bore the brunt of the impact with the road and I needed stitches in my arm, while a large cut in my thumb had to be glued.  I also have cuts and abrasions on my right leg and shoulder but all things considered, I feel very lucky to be here today.
     
    I am waiting to hear back from Met Police but can only think the driver must have been drinking or on their phone or both.  The whole of their wing mirror was ripped off by the impact.  My "silly helmet" - as Richard describes them in the post above yours - might well have saved my life yesterday.
     

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    Omen II got a reaction from Richard in BBC Proms 2019   
    The London Contemporary Orchestra which played in yesterday's The Sound of Space late night prom included not only a contrabassoon but also a contrabass clarinet, a contrabass trombone and a contrabass flute!  The musicians were all dressed casually but there was nothing casual about their performance.  At least four of the composers were in attendance: Steven Price (Gravity), John Murphy (Sunshine), Carly Paradis (The Innocents) and Jed Kurzel (Alien: Covenant).
     
    The whole concert was filmed for TV broadcast on BBC Four tomorrow (Friday 9th August) at 10:30 p.m.  It was a great idea for a late night prom with some wonderfully unusual selections, including the world premiere of a suite from Johann Johannsson’s Arrival.
     

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    Omen II got a reaction from Richard in BBC Proms 2019   
    Here is an article from Music Week about the three film music Proms this week.
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    Omen II reacted to Will in Video: Dudamel Conducts Williams & More w/ LA Phil   
    Excellent! Broadcast live from Edinburgh Music Festival. 
     
    Program: 
     
     
    UPDATE: First encore is Imperial March. Second is presumably Superman! 
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    Omen II reacted to KingPin in “We’re Lookin’ Good” performance from 1987   
    This apparently just surfaced a couple of days ago. It’s from the 1987 Boston Pops 4th of July concert conducted by Williams (skip to 19:30):
     
     
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    Omen II got a reaction from John in Pet Peeves   
    No problem at all Richard, I knew your description referred to the look of cycle helmets rather than their usefulness.  It is certainly true that they are not the sexiest items of attire, but I was sure glad of mine on Sunday.  It did its job so well that I was not sure if I had even hit my head until I realised that the visor had come off and one of the paramedics pointed out the impact damage to the helmet.
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    Omen II got a reaction from John in Pet Peeves   
    Your choice of course, Steef, but I had a very sobering reminder yesterday afternoon of why I will always wear a cycle helmet when on my bike, however short the journey.
     
    I was on my bike around lunchtime cycling along a road that I must have cycled on hundreds, if not thousands of times without incident, about half a mile from where I live.  Suddenly, without any warning whatsoever some idiot in a car completely wiped me out from behind at high speed, knocking me off my bike and into the road.  The driver sped off without stopping for even a moment to see if I was ok or if he or she had killed me.  Luckily I was knocked towards the kerbside rather than into a parked car or onto the opposite lane where a bus was approaching.  Thankfully the vehicle behind me also stopped in good time and the driver and a couple of other witnesses came to my aid.
     
    The bus driver who witnessed everything had the presence of mind to note the vehicle registration number so was able to give it to the police who arrived just a few minutes after the ambulance.  Miraculously, I did not sustain any broken bones or any head injury because I was wearing a helmet.  My right hand side bore the brunt of the impact with the road and I needed stitches in my arm, while a large cut in my thumb had to be glued.  I also have cuts and abrasions on my right leg and shoulder but all things considered, I feel very lucky to be here today.
     
    I am waiting to hear back from Met Police but can only think the driver must have been drinking or on their phone or both.  The whole of their wing mirror was ripped off by the impact.  My "silly helmet" - as Richard describes them in the post above yours - might well have saved my life yesterday.
     

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    Omen II got a reaction from Richard in Pet Peeves   
    No problem at all Richard, I knew your description referred to the look of cycle helmets rather than their usefulness.  It is certainly true that they are not the sexiest items of attire, but I was sure glad of mine on Sunday.  It did its job so well that I was not sure if I had even hit my head until I realised that the visor had come off and one of the paramedics pointed out the impact damage to the helmet.
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    Omen II reacted to Thekthithm in Pet Peeves   
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