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John Williams to be honored by Boston College

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Live video from #BCPops: Boston College alum and actor Chris O’Donnell presents the President’s Medal for Excellence to legendary conductor John Williams.

 

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Excerpt of an article on the event from the Boston College website:

 

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According to Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, the event’s musical program paid tribute to the orchestra’s “quarter century of performances on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world.” Selections performed by “America’s Orchestra” were drawn from the past 24 concerts on the Heights, and included an homage to the evening’s honoree, John Williams, that showcased his compositions for the films Superman, Empire of the Sun, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Star Wars.

At the event, the President’s Medal for Excellence was presented to Williams, who has been a friend of Boston College—including several guest appearances as conductor at Pops on the Heights—and a supporter of education and students for many years.

 

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And here's a full recording of Williams conducting the SW main theme (unfortunately the video starts vertical, and so it continues on YouTube).

 

 

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More videos:

 

Keith Lockart conducts John Williams Tribute:

 

 

 

Lockhart introduces Williams / Williams conducts the Star Wars Main Theme:

 

 

Williams presented with the President's Medal of Honor (includes full Williams speech):

 

 

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