Williams Conducts Milwaukee Symphony – Review & Video

October 4, 2014, Milwaukee, WI
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS

UPDATE: Milwaukee Symphony principal bassoonist on performing with John Williams


  • The Cowboys Overture
  • Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Suite from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    (“Hedwig’s Theme,” “Nimbus 2000,” “Harry’s Wondrous World”)
  • Marion’s Theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Adventures on Earth from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Hooray for Hollywood (Richard A. Whiting, arr. Williams)
  • Theme from Jurassic Park – Matthew Annin, horn
  • Dartmoor, 1912 from War Horse – Sonora Slocum, flute
  • Flight to Neverland from Hook
  • Theme from Schindler’s List – Frank Almond, violin
    The Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars
  • With Malice Toward None from Lincoln – Susan Babini, cello
  • The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back
  • The Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark


The Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars


MSO Bassoonist Ted Soluri – I just had a remarkable and unexpectedly moving two days playing the music of John Williams with John Williams conducting. This is a concert I was really excited about since it was announced last year. It seems the community was just as excited because the concert sold out in 4 hours. Just days before the concert, they added a few more rows of chairs right in front of the stage and those seats sold out in 10 minutes!! – Full article

Journal Sentinel – John Williams led the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops at the Marcus Center’s Uihlein Hall Saturday evening, receiving the first of several standing ovations the moment he appeared. Listening to his music, under his baton, without what he called “all the competition of dialogue and sound effects” was a tremendous treat. It revealed brilliant melody writing and extraordinary layers of themes, harmonies and instrumental voices to create what is deeply stirring, beautifully constructed music, regardless of its inspiration. – Full article