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      Donation time at JWFan   01/16/18


      For those who may not know, JWFan relies entirely on donations to keep running.  Donations pay for our server bills, as well as keeping our domain and Invision Powerboard fees.
      As an incentive to donate, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Last time this was a modest success, where I raised $500 of our desired $1,000 and mailed out 3 free CDs to lucky JWFanners.  This time I'll be doing the raffling a littler different!   Our goal is $1000 once again, and I will have four tiers of free CDs you can win once again.  But this time, the more you donate, the more entries into each raffle you'll get!   Each $10 you donate gets your name put into the raffle mug once for the $10 pool, twice for the $20 pool, thrice for the $30 pool, and five times into the $50 pool.  Here is the list of CDs you can win - and I have more to add at a later time when I get a little more organized (I'll post what they are by Friday at the latest)   The $10 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you one ticket into this pool) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $250 donated Tyler Bates - God of War; Ascension (OST, La La Land Records) Danny Elfman - Planet of the Apes (OST, Sony) Danny Elfman - Taking Woodstock (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Identity Thief (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (OST) Michael Giacchino - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (OST, Varese Sarabande) Dave Holmes & Various - Ocean's 11 (OST, WB Records) Joel McNeely & Various - Hollywood '94 (Varese Sarabande) Joe Kraemer - Jack Reacher (OST, La La Land Records) John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (OST, MCA Records)   The $20 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you two ticket into this pool, must donate at least $20 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $500 donated John Barry - First Love (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - The Challenge (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - In Harm's Way (2009 Intrada edition) Jerry Goldsmith - The Red Pony (Varese) Alan Silvestri - Dutch (La La Land) Shirley Walker - Willard (La La Land) John Williams - Family Plot (Varese Sarabande) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   The $30 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you three ticket into this pool, must donate at least $30 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $750 donated James Horner - Gorky Park (OOP Kritzerland Edition) James Newton Howard - Outbreak (2CD, Varese Deluxe Edition) Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans (2CD, Intrada) John Williams - The Fury (2CD, La La Land) John Williams - Jane Eyre (OOP, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   The $50 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you five ticket into this pool, must donate at least $50 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $1,000 donated Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (3CD, FSM) Ira Newborn - The Naked Gun trilogy (3CD, La La Land) Shirley Walker and Various - Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 (4CD, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer     All shipping will be paid by me to anywhere in the world!   I will pull names from a hat for each pool, and you get to pick whatever CD set you want if I pull your name!   To be eligible, leave your JWFan username in the comments area of your donation.  If you want to donate but not be in the running for a free CD, mention that in the comment.   Use this link or the link on the mainpage.       Thank you!   Jason, Ricard, and Andreas.


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  1. Got an email from the BSO about Tanglewood Music Center auditions, and it's listed in the repertoire the premiere of a new piece for yo-yo and orchestra. Perhaps the Schindler arrangement?
  2. Upcoming Andre Previn concert

    A pity though, his engagement has already been canceled with a replacement conductor stepping in. Pity he has to cancel a lot of his events due to his arthritis, but at least he's still composing a lot!
  3. Meet Howard Shore

    They told meeting him after is open for everyone, no special ticket or anything! (sometimes you see you have to pay like $1000 or something to meet them)
  4. Meet Howard Shore

    Hi Everyone, Not sure if anybody has seen this yet, but for those of you who live in the New England area, Howard Shore will be at the Newport Contemporary Music Series in Rhode Island for the us premiere of his piano concerto and six pieces, and looks like he's going to have a Q&A and sign autographs after the concert! Found the concert details here http://ncmsri.org/2017-season/
  5. A Tribute To JW: Newport, Rhode Island

    Hi all, Just thought I would post about the upcoming Newport Contemporary Music Series, which will be in Newport, Rhode Island this coming summer. The season will finish with a special tribute to John Williams, including performances of his cello and flute concerto along with some other great works. Additionally for you film score fans, Howard Shore will be present for a special performance of his "Six Pieces", followed by a Q&A after the performance, as well as two special performances by Philip Glass. The season will open on July 1 with the world premiere of "Almost an Overture", composed by Andre Previn for the newly formed, Newport Contemporary Arts Orchestra, created especially for the series. So if you are in the New England area this summer, be sure to check out these performances! Tickets are currently on sale, and be sure to check out the Facebook page as well for updates. http://ncmsri.org/2017-season/ https://www.facebook.com/Newport-Contemporary-Music-Series
  6. I think he means the Tuba Concerto which is frequently played by trombonists But this just blows my mind. Idk if Williams was that stern but still surprising. Although I think he seems to be a rather insecure person when it comes to his concert music. In addition to this (if you can), he cut large sections out of the harp concerto before the premiere, pulled the symphony twice from being performed, has "revised" the cello concerto to death, etc.
  7. AP: I admire Johnny Williams. He’s very good at what he does, and he writes very good themes. Now, Anne-Sophie made him an offer. She said, “Why don’t you write me a concerto?” And he said, “Oh, I don’t write that kind of music.” And she said, “Yes, you do. You write beautiful themes.” FJO: But he wrote a trombone concerto? AP: Did he? FJO: It’s a pretty solid piece. AP: He also wrote a bassoon concerto, which I like very much. Anyway, he back pedaled on that, but she kept asking and just recently he said, “Look, I’m not going to write one. I’m just not. I can’t do it. I haven’t got the background for it, and I don’t think I want to.” And she said O.K. But she said to me, “This is silly, because I’d play it everywhere.” I’ve known Johnny ever since we were both rehearsal pianists at a ballroom dancing school on La Brea Avenue. We used to take turns playing “Blueberry Hill.” Oh boy. Anyway, I don’t think he is willing to gamble with his own talent. He’s wonderfully talented and a tremendous orchestrator, but he doesn’t believe it. And a big piece—it’s a lot of pages. I don’t think that he has belief enough in his own talent, even though he has more than enough talent to do it. FJO: Maybe it’s taking him too far out of his comfort zone in terms of the context. AP: Comfort zone? He’s a millionaire. FJO: I mean his comfort zone creatively. AP: Oh, sure. This is also kinteresting: AP: If I were still working with films, which I haven’t done now since the mid ‘60s, I would probably fall back on certain clichés that I know work since I don’t want to spend a lifetime at it. Johnny Williams wrote in Tanglewood in the bungalow next to mine, and then he’d have his orchestrator [Herbert Spencer] come up and he’d hand him whatever he was working on. Johnny handed him something that looked like Meistersinger for God’s sake, and he said, “Let me explain this to you.” Herbie looked at the music, and he said, “No, I know this one.” The orchestrator didn’t mean any insult at all, but it was funny. I could see where he could take that very badly. But on the other hand, it was probably true. It was probably done on purpose. If you write movie music, you’re never given enough time, and they don’t want to hear anything brand new anyway. So it is very likely to be things that they’ve done before. You can always tell a Korngold score. You can always tell a Rózsa score. You can always tell an Elmer Bernstein score, because it’s watered down Copland. When Elmer Bernstein got a western to do, he’d say, “Oh yeah, I did Magnificent Seven. Let’s do that again.” There’s nothing wrong with it. It worked very well. It’s interesting music. You’re not going to wrack your brain thinking of novelties in a medium that doesn’t require it anyway. A very good film composer used to be a man called Jerry Goldsmith—brilliant and interesting music. Indeed quite odd
  8. Weird, because he would have written the original concerto in the 70's and then later Tree Song. Besides commissions from the really major orchestra, I wonder if he actually accepts many commissions or people ask, he has the standard no, and then one day he just writes it.
  9. John Williams Film Night at Tanglewood, August 19th 2017

    Also, the piece he was writing last summer for " one of his favorite European musicians" will me premiered this summer. "Markings", for solo violin, strings, and harp- for Anne Sophie Mutter. https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/85537
  10. Revised versions of Violin and Cello Concerto on Youtube

    Does no one else think this recording of the violin concerto is awful?
  11. Revised versions of Violin and Cello Concerto on Youtube

    I can't tell if the violin concerto is a revision or it's just played poorly on the orchestras part..... I heard a snippet of the ending of the third movement back in march or whenever it was, which was horribly played, and over all the piece seems way too slow. However Gil played wonderfully as always. The orchestra just sounds poorly rehearsed, and the percussion is barely audible. What does everyone think of the cello concerto "revisions"? I he is more re-writing rather than revising. There are things that remain in the 4 different versions, but a lot completely re-done. I prefer the second one which he released with my by Sony.
  12. John Williams is conducting the National Anthem tonight...

    Has anyone seen if it will be broadcast online? I can't seem to find anything... Found it: http://livestream.com/KTLA/live
  13. Conrad Pope Interview about Harry Potter scores

    The only thing I don't like is (especially in France, or maybe Europe in general) when they here an "orchestrator" worked on the music, they just say " oh John is really not a composer, he needed to have an orchestrator come and do most of the writing for him, Conrad Pope deserves most of the credit for the score.". He's denied this many times, but still annoying.
  14. Just happened to stumble upon this. Seems as those Williams wrote a new piece called Fanfare for Civic http://csob.org/index.php