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    John Williams' 2019 Concert Schedule

    Albany, NY is the closest city to Tanglewood, with regular Greyhound bus and Amtrak rail service to New York City. If you have a driving license, you can rent a car in Albany for just one day to get to Tanglewood and back (hotels are also much cheaper there than in the Berkshires as well).
  2. The program is not complete yet. There are some Pops selections as well (one year KL conducted the JFK suite), and the concert ends with both the TMC (student) orchestra joining forces with the BSO for a supersized rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture, with live canons on the lawn.
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    John Williams scores that use the organ?

    The CETK concert arrangement features an organ part near the beginning. I'm also hoping he'll use organ (and choir) for an epic, final sendoff at the end of the Star Wars Episode 9 End Credits, like David Arnold did for the end of Independence Day!
  4. Yep.. I saw this just in time for the Tanglewood on sale date yesterday. Got my ticket for Tanglewood on Parade, the only concert of 2019 where Maestro Williams is confirmed to conduct at least one or two pieces. Wishing him all the best for his recovery, and Star Wars 9!
  5. I used a Canadian contactless visa to pay in the US last summer and the clerk looked at me like "woah!! I didn’t know you could do that!". 😮 So yeah it’s coming but not quite there yet. Australia and Canada have some of the highest contactless usage. Also from the TFL website: MasterCard Nearly all MasterCard and Maestro contactless payment cards issued outside the UK are accepted. Some cards issued in the USA, Canada and the Netherlands are not accepted. If your card is rejected on our services, please contact your card issuer. AmEx, on the other hand, has the same proprietary closed-loop system worldwide, so the country of issuance is less of an issue if you have one. So try first and see if it opens the gates. If it works great, if not get an Oyster, but I’m a huge fan of the contactless system in London. Wish every city in the world would adopt it. Reloadable cards aren’t refundable if lost, and the queues to reload them at certain stations in London can be painstakingly long! Note that your card having a chip doesn’t mean it’s contactless-enabled. Not all chip cards are contactless. It should have a little "wi-fi" symbol printed on it, meaning it’s got a wire circuitry embedded all around the card that’s tuned to a specific frequency linked to your credit card number when read at close range.
  6. Indeed! Though having seen it live, he did conduct most of it in 2 (every second beat), rather than every beat in 4/4 like on the "behind the scenes" DVD extra of the original recording. Still amazing though! Another slight disappointment about the BUTI young artists chorus... there way too many girls compared to boys (I figure it must have been about 80/20). Sad that so many boys lost interest in singing that most orchestras outside Vienna can't get a gender-balanced chorus. I noticed the same thing even in Amsterdam with a performance of Mahler 3 at the Concertgebouw in 2015.
  7. It's those darn clips of film montages with too many cuts. The conductors are glued to the screen with the "streamers" and sync points. Even Andris Nelsons isn't his enthusiastic self when having to follow the screen in front of him. Last year's performance of Tintin had the opposite effect (too slow). I would have imagined an even quicker pace coming from him if it wasn't for the "swashbuckling" montage. Call of the Champions must have started behind as the beginning was performed extremely fast to catch up. That led to a few false notes from the orchestra, as with Duel of the Fates. If they're illustrating film scoring like "Indy's First Adventure" and the final real from "E.T." they have a purpose, but having a montage for every second piece throughout the night is way too much. The music would sound so much better if they didn't have to be distracted with the clips. It's why E.T. was recut to begin with! "Dry Your Tears, Afrika" was one of the evening's best performances. Williams gave it 110%, moved as though he was 20 years younger and even sang/mouthed the words along with the chorus. Hoping a video clip of that will get released some day. I wish Andris Nelsons could have come back onstage with his trumpet for "The Long Road to Justice". Williams' giving the backstory to Amistad (how the words were translated from a French poem to English and back to Mende) was quite informative as well, minus the guy in the back of the shed who cheered "Woohoo" when the maestro pointed out that the Portuguese ship carrying slaves arrived somewhere in Connecticut, thinking it should be a source of pride. 🙄
  8. Tony, it depends what kind of ticket you requested at checkout. Print at home should work on your phone with the barcode. If it’s a ticket to hold at the box office, it’ll be available there, and if my any chance you had original tickets that you lost or no longer have access to, the box office should be able to reprint duplicates if they were purchased in your name and you have ID. As for the program, looks good. My only hope is that Andris Nelsons will be invited back onstage to play the trumpet solo in "The Long Road to Justice" from Amistad after ´Dry your Tears, Afrika!´ His surprise performance of Lincoln was the highlight of the evening last year!
  9. So who is going this Saturday, August 11? I might have an extra ticket in Section 7 if someone missed out and wants to buy it.
  10. BSO released the program online in PDF form, but the first page is missing. We know that in the second half, there will be: JOHN WILLIAMS conducting WILLIAMS The Adventures of Mutt from “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” WILLIAMS Excerpts from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” WILLIAMS Parade of the Slave Children from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” WILLIAMS Suite from “Far and Away” WILLIAMS With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln” WILLIAMS Three Selections from “Harry Potter” The Chamber of Secrets Fawkes the Phoenix Harry’s Wondrous World
  11. I'll be going this Saturday. Will I see any of you there? I might have an extra ticket for sale if needed.
  12. Horray for Inferno and Stargazers, Sleepers, and Patriot, but they better have recorded JFK and Lincoln in a studio session! We need a decent recording of the three-movement suites.
  13. I'm a bit disappointed that Williams didn't record the full three-movement "Lincoln" suite as was performed with the Boston Pops in 2013. Lots of material missing from the two "Malice Towards None" tracks, making it difficult to replace the OST "Peterson house and Finale" with a more definitive version on my playlist. Here's hoping Keith Lockhart records the full thing in two weeks, in addition to the full JFK suite, the Patriot concert arrangement, something from AI, maybe some Prisoner of Azkaban concert arrangements, Spacecamp, Monsignor, and of course, new recordings of 60s and 70s scores for which we only have "hissy" recordings.
  14. I'm not a fan of it either, and was quite taken aback when I first heard it with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Edinburgh in 2015, but I'll just have to get used it to reduce disappointment with all future concert performances of the piece. Doing the same with the War Horse suite that's not as poignant as The Homecoming.
  15. I'll be at the Chicago performance Saturday, November 26. Anyone else going?
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