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    Foxfan got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in Top 5 most famous John Williamses   
    John Williams, the former Canadian MP in the House of Commons.
    http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members/John-G-Williams%281398%29/Roles

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    Foxfan got a reaction from Ricard in John Williams Film Night Tributes Concerts in Boston - May 29 - May 31, 2019   
    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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    Foxfan got a reaction from Jack in Who are John Williams' influences?   
    According to USA Today, Elgar and Stravinsky appear to be his greatest influences:
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/movies/movieawards/oscars/story/2012-02-17/john-williams-oscars-soundtrack/53160208/1
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    Foxfan got a reaction from crumbs in Tanglewood 2018: Williams to Conduct at Film Night, the Bernstein Concert, and Parade   
    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. 🙄
     
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    Foxfan got a reaction from SteveMc in Tanglewood 2018: Williams to Conduct at Film Night, the Bernstein Concert, and Parade   
    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. 🙄
     
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    Foxfan got a reaction from MrScratch in John Williams Film Night at Tanglewood, August 19th 2017   
    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
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Will in John Williams Film Night at Tanglewood, August 19th 2017   
    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
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Stempel in The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration Part III CD & DVD (And Ultimate Collection CD / VINYL box set)   
    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.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Amer in The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration Part III CD & DVD (And Ultimate Collection CD / VINYL box set)   
    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.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from crumbs in "Of Grace and Majesty" at Tanglewood on Parade, August 2, 2016   
    https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/77828
     
    Is this 4-minute work a new concert piece? I can't find any references to it anywhere else. BFG will be performed as a world premiere after it as well.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Will in "Of Grace and Majesty" at Tanglewood on Parade, August 2, 2016   
    https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/77828
     
    Is this 4-minute work a new concert piece? I can't find any references to it anywhere else. BFG will be performed as a world premiere after it as well.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Jay in "Of Grace and Majesty" at Tanglewood on Parade, August 2, 2016   
    https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/77828
     
    Is this 4-minute work a new concert piece? I can't find any references to it anywhere else. BFG will be performed as a world premiere after it as well.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Incanus in "Of Grace and Majesty" at Tanglewood on Parade, August 2, 2016   
    https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/77828
     
    Is this 4-minute work a new concert piece? I can't find any references to it anywhere else. BFG will be performed as a world premiere after it as well.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Incanus in RSNO / John Williams concerts   
    I was at the Edinburgh performance at Usher Hall. The conductor Richard Kaufman was quite informative when introducing pieces, such as the fact that his hands replaced those of Jack Nicholson during the cello scene in Witches of Eastwick, and he curiouy asked how many in the audience had actually seen Yes, Giorgio, to which only myself and one other person raised our hands. Midway was nice to hear live for the first time, as was Jim's New Life for which apparently Kaufman got JW's personal authorization to perform. Oddly enough, 1941 was selected as the encore. I'm not sure how many in the audience knew what it was.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Omen II in RSNO / John Williams concerts   
    I was at the Edinburgh performance at Usher Hall. The conductor Richard Kaufman was quite informative when introducing pieces, such as the fact that his hands replaced those of Jack Nicholson during the cello scene in Witches of Eastwick, and he curiouy asked how many in the audience had actually seen Yes, Giorgio, to which only myself and one other person raised our hands. Midway was nice to hear live for the first time, as was Jim's New Life for which apparently Kaufman got JW's personal authorization to perform. Oddly enough, 1941 was selected as the encore. I'm not sure how many in the audience knew what it was.
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    Foxfan reacted to Stefancos in The Book Thief (2013) - New Williams film score!   
    "In a world...where books are stolen."
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Ren in John Williams at Symphony Hall, June 7-12, 2013 (Boston MA)   
    Now am I a certified psychic after my premonition of the concert opening with The Cowboys Overture?
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Ren in John Williams at Symphony Hall, June 7-12, 2013 (Boston MA)   
    I'm tentatively coming to the Saturday night show. I'll only be able to confirm officially Thursday, but if I do come I'll be in Boston Friday and could come to dinner even if I'm not seeing the show.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from airmanjerm in Golden Globes Live Comments Thread   
    Daniel Day Lewis won Best Actor at least.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from wanner251 in Golden Globes Live Comments Thread   
    All award shows have been getting less and less credible over the past 10 years. Only movies winning are independent flicks, while the TV programs chosen are all on premium cable receiving very little viewership.
    I miss the days of the studio system and the Big Three/Four networks.
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    Foxfan reacted to King Mark in Golden Globes Live Comments Thread   
    Fuck him.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from crocodile in The Sexual Orientation Thread   
    I disagree... it's quite common for straight married guys to say something like "Ugh... my wife is such a (bleep). At least you guys don't have to deal with that kind of crap."
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Ren in John Williams at Symphony Hall, June 7-12, 2013 (Boston MA)   
    I remember that we came real close in 2004. Remember he came out and said sorry but had to go. So we got a group photo "sans Johnny".
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