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    Foxfan got a reaction from That_Bloke in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Yeah some young people can be incredibly ignorant with no respect for their elders.
     
    Last time I was at Tanglewood four years ago I was eating lunch at the Café after the morning rehearsal. Overheard a small group of TMC students sitting the next table over, with one pretentious-looking Asian dude asking his friend if he was "going to the 'stupid' concert" that evening.
     
    "Stupid concert?"
     
    "Yeah yeah.. the FILM NIGHT" (with the contemptuous eye roll).
     
    Felt like saying: You rich little sh*t.. NOTHING you'll ever compose will ever even come close to matching the work that Maestro Williams has done.
     
    Still amazed of the level of anti-film-music snobbism that still exists in the classical music world, even in a location like Tanglewood where Williams' work (like Bernstein and Copland) played such an important role in the history of the place.
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    Foxfan reacted to Smeltington in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    This was such a fun show!! Williams was in fine form and seemed to be enjoying himself. I haven't sat that close up in a while, so it was cool to hear different instruments surrounding me, making it easier to pick out separate parts, mainly in the string section since that's what's right in front of your face. But it's a great way to focus in on little orchestral details you'd never notice in the familiar recordings. I also got a huge kick out of the facial expressions of some of the players. One violinist just to the right of Williams had the most intense look on her face while playing, then between pieces and during the ovations she kept beaming at Williams. Seemed like the right reactions to me... extreme concentration trying to get the music right, balanced with happiness to be performing with him! There was also a very blasé looking cellist who acted like he was "over it" through the entire show, but during the ovations Williams warmly put a hand on his shoulder and he turned and looked very surprised by the sudden nice gesture, lol. I'd like to think Williams melted his heart.
     
    Duel of the Fates was the biggest highlight of the program for me. Agree the choir was a bit quiet, but I could hear them fine. But hearing the piece come alive in front of me was like hearing it for the first time. Think back to 1999, the intensity, I would even describe it as savagery, it was an amazing piece. I haven't gotten tired of the recording like I know some people have, but it's so ingrained that you don't always get those feelings from it like you did when it first came out, so it was great to rediscover that. It's a dynamic piece and I felt like the players rose to the challenge and really gave it their all, you could feel the electricity.
     
    Going in, I was excited for Anakin's Theme too, but it's really NOT assertive compared to DotF and I wasn't quite ready to focus my attention hard enough to catch all the nuances there, so it would be nice to hear that one again in concert sometime later.
     
    The Superman video was just as good this time as the other time I saw it. Brilliant editing!
     
    And of course a massive highlight was getting the chance to talk, even though all too briefly, with so many members of this board! I won't list all the names just because I don't want to accidentally leave anyone out. Other than to say it was fun sitting in the same row with @Jay, and thank you so much @Foxfan for taking and sharing that great selfie!!!! Also shout out to @Andy for setting up a small meetup that I sadly missed... I had fun talking to you on one of the Zoom calls and would have really liked to meet you! And @SilverTrumpet it would have been good to chat with you too! But it was a lot of JWFans in one place, a great vibe for enjoying the show, and I'm happy for everyone who made it, especially from far away, and got to enjoy this wonderful evening together.
     
    @Marian Schedenig Dude I wish you could hear the never ending compliments people give me when I wear that shirt!! I usually respond by telling them it was only available for one day haha. Highly collectible. You really should try and put it back up somewhere... I'd give people the link left and right. I was hanging out in Stockbridge and people there kept coming up to me... one guy even wanted a picture. I also had a nice convo with another guy who was a composer, plus a whole bunch of others, all because of this shirt.
     
     
     
     
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    Foxfan got a reaction from BB-8 in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Yeah unless they have duplicates, they must take the rostrum from Symphony Hall everywhere the orchestra goes. The railing, however, comes on/off based on the wishes of the conductor. Williams and Nelsons keep it, whereas Lockhart usually goes without it.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Mr. Hooper in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Yes!! By now, that masterpiece needs no introduction. The crowd went wild. And the performance of the fanfare at the end was absolutely spot on!
     
    We could tell by his face that he was definitely exhausted by the time Imperial March was done. The second part of the program was quite long in comparison to other split-podium concerts I've attended in the past few years.
     
    In Philadelphia he stopped after ET and saved his energy for the next day's concert at Carnegie Hall.
     
    Don't worry. We've all done it at some point.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Mr. Hooper in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Yeah some young people can be incredibly ignorant with no respect for their elders.
     
    Last time I was at Tanglewood four years ago I was eating lunch at the Café after the morning rehearsal. Overheard a small group of TMC students sitting the next table over, with one pretentious-looking Asian dude asking his friend if he was "going to the 'stupid' concert" that evening.
     
    "Stupid concert?"
     
    "Yeah yeah.. the FILM NIGHT" (with the contemptuous eye roll).
     
    Felt like saying: You rich little sh*t.. NOTHING you'll ever compose will ever even come close to matching the work that Maestro Williams has done.
     
    Still amazed of the level of anti-film-music snobbism that still exists in the classical music world, even in a location like Tanglewood where Williams' work (like Bernstein and Copland) played such an important role in the history of the place.
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    Foxfan reacted to Beowulf in "Air Conducting"   
    Respighi's "Pine's of Rome" are the best pieces of music to air-conduct to....EVAR!
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    Foxfan reacted to igger6 in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    The recording quality of the broadcast is stellar!  I'm noticing little orchestral details left and right in arrangements I though I knew by heart!
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Tydirium in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Yeah some young people can be incredibly ignorant with no respect for their elders.
     
    Last time I was at Tanglewood four years ago I was eating lunch at the Café after the morning rehearsal. Overheard a small group of TMC students sitting the next table over, with one pretentious-looking Asian dude asking his friend if he was "going to the 'stupid' concert" that evening.
     
    "Stupid concert?"
     
    "Yeah yeah.. the FILM NIGHT" (with the contemptuous eye roll).
     
    Felt like saying: You rich little sh*t.. NOTHING you'll ever compose will ever even come close to matching the work that Maestro Williams has done.
     
    Still amazed of the level of anti-film-music snobbism that still exists in the classical music world, even in a location like Tanglewood where Williams' work (like Bernstein and Copland) played such an important role in the history of the place.
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    Foxfan reacted to Andy in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    My favorite was Johnny getting verbose before the encore of E.T., in which he grabbed the mic and simply said, “E.T.!” 
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    Foxfan reacted to SilverTrumpet in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Yeah, the orchestra was on freaking fire during DotF. Definitely a few musicians that grew up with Phantom Menace in there. 
     
    I will say, the one cute old man thing he did that my wife got a kick out of was when he was introducing Helena's Theme, it was like he ran out of things to say about it so after a slight pause he just goes "......okay......" and turns around to start the piece. 
     
     
    okay.mp3
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Andy in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Yeah some young people can be incredibly ignorant with no respect for their elders.
     
    Last time I was at Tanglewood four years ago I was eating lunch at the Café after the morning rehearsal. Overheard a small group of TMC students sitting the next table over, with one pretentious-looking Asian dude asking his friend if he was "going to the 'stupid' concert" that evening.
     
    "Stupid concert?"
     
    "Yeah yeah.. the FILM NIGHT" (with the contemptuous eye roll).
     
    Felt like saying: You rich little sh*t.. NOTHING you'll ever compose will ever even come close to matching the work that Maestro Williams has done.
     
    Still amazed of the level of anti-film-music snobbism that still exists in the classical music world, even in a location like Tanglewood where Williams' work (like Bernstein and Copland) played such an important role in the history of the place.
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    Foxfan reacted to Tom in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    30 seconds prior: "John, we have heard that story a million times."  
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    Foxfan got a reaction from JTW in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Yeah some young people can be incredibly ignorant with no respect for their elders.
     
    Last time I was at Tanglewood four years ago I was eating lunch at the Café after the morning rehearsal. Overheard a small group of TMC students sitting the next table over, with one pretentious-looking Asian dude asking his friend if he was "going to the 'stupid' concert" that evening.
     
    "Stupid concert?"
     
    "Yeah yeah.. the FILM NIGHT" (with the contemptuous eye roll).
     
    Felt like saying: You rich little sh*t.. NOTHING you'll ever compose will ever even come close to matching the work that Maestro Williams has done.
     
    Still amazed of the level of anti-film-music snobbism that still exists in the classical music world, even in a location like Tanglewood where Williams' work (like Bernstein and Copland) played such an important role in the history of the place.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Brando in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Yeah some young people can be incredibly ignorant with no respect for their elders.
     
    Last time I was at Tanglewood four years ago I was eating lunch at the Café after the morning rehearsal. Overheard a small group of TMC students sitting the next table over, with one pretentious-looking Asian dude asking his friend if he was "going to the 'stupid' concert" that evening.
     
    "Stupid concert?"
     
    "Yeah yeah.. the FILM NIGHT" (with the contemptuous eye roll).
     
    Felt like saying: You rich little sh*t.. NOTHING you'll ever compose will ever even come close to matching the work that Maestro Williams has done.
     
    Still amazed of the level of anti-film-music snobbism that still exists in the classical music world, even in a location like Tanglewood where Williams' work (like Bernstein and Copland) played such an important role in the history of the place.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Brando in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    I don’t know if the video portion got saved anywhere (maybe some secret archive), but as for the sound mix, perhaps they record everything out of an abundance of caution so whatever turns out to be his final concert, a recording will exist ready to be released, just like Leonard Bernstein (whose August 1990 Tanglewood performance unexpectedly turned out to be his last)?  


    Not having kids certainly helps. But like many things in life, it’s about prioritizing what you really want to do and make the necessary sacrifices wherever possible to make it happen.
     
    The first Williams concert I saw in Boston (and quite a few that followed) involved me taking the overnight Greyhound bus from Montreal to Boston and then taking the overnight bus home post-concert as well.
     
    In Philly last year I used a free night certificate from a hotel chain for which I have a co-branded credit card.
     
    My hotel stay last night was also covered by points, but living even further away now, I had to drive 15 hours round-trip this past weekend. Not many would willingly put themselves through the inconvenience, but a devoted fan might.
     
     
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    Foxfan reacted to DangerMotif in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    He’s the director of the JW’s documentary. They where supposed to record his NY concert but didn’t in the end, maybe they did this one.
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Andy in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    I don’t know if the video portion got saved anywhere (maybe some secret archive), but as for the sound mix, perhaps they record everything out of an abundance of caution so whatever turns out to be his final concert, a recording will exist ready to be released, just like Leonard Bernstein (whose August 1990 Tanglewood performance unexpectedly turned out to be his last)?  


    Not having kids certainly helps. But like many things in life, it’s about prioritizing what you really want to do and make the necessary sacrifices wherever possible to make it happen.
     
    The first Williams concert I saw in Boston (and quite a few that followed) involved me taking the overnight Greyhound bus from Montreal to Boston and then taking the overnight bus home post-concert as well.
     
    In Philly last year I used a free night certificate from a hotel chain for which I have a co-branded credit card.
     
    My hotel stay last night was also covered by points, but living even further away now, I had to drive 15 hours round-trip this past weekend. Not many would willingly put themselves through the inconvenience, but a devoted fan might.
     
     
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Smeltington in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Glad I was able to meet with fellow fans, and finish off the amazing evening in the 3rd row for a unique JWFan selfie!



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    Foxfan got a reaction from Martinland in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    I don’t know if the video portion got saved anywhere (maybe some secret archive), but as for the sound mix, perhaps they record everything out of an abundance of caution so whatever turns out to be his final concert, a recording will exist ready to be released, just like Leonard Bernstein (whose August 1990 Tanglewood performance unexpectedly turned out to be his last)?  


    Not having kids certainly helps. But like many things in life, it’s about prioritizing what you really want to do and make the necessary sacrifices wherever possible to make it happen.
     
    The first Williams concert I saw in Boston (and quite a few that followed) involved me taking the overnight Greyhound bus from Montreal to Boston and then taking the overnight bus home post-concert as well.
     
    In Philly last year I used a free night certificate from a hotel chain for which I have a co-branded credit card.
     
    My hotel stay last night was also covered by points, but living even further away now, I had to drive 15 hours round-trip this past weekend. Not many would willingly put themselves through the inconvenience, but a devoted fan might.
     
     
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Mattris in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Aww so awesome that you got those!! 🤩 I did the "sleepy" sign back to him and he pointed back and mouthed "Oh.. you too!?" 😄
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Martinland in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    Aww so awesome that you got those!! 🤩 I did the "sleepy" sign back to him and he pointed back and mouthed "Oh.. you too!?" 😄
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    Foxfan reacted to Jay in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    OMG, that reminds me!  During "Superman", a montage of Williams at various recording sessions and other places was shown, and I swear I saw you in the video!  Did you interact with him in the recording booth for the Hooten recording?
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    Foxfan reacted to Miguel Andrade in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    The video is obviously archived, just like the audio. We get some video excerpts of many of these concerts on social media.
    Regarding the Bernstein example:
    a) Bernstein had everything recorded. The Tanglewood appearances were done in conjunction with WCRB, but only licensed for a single broadcast. The 2012 75 anniversary project, featuring 75 recordings from the BSO archives, most of them from radio broadcasts, included two Bernstein conducted performances that were available for just a couple of months, as the primary rights older is Deutsch Gammophone;
    b) the 1990 concert wasn't an unexpected last concert, much the opposite. The premiere of the orchestral (with soloists) version of Arias and Barcarolles had to be conducted by then BSO assistant Carl St. Clair, with Bernstein conducting the Britten and Beethoven only. During the latter he stopped a few times as he lacked the strength but his beloved BSO kept on playing and the old conductor would pick up a few bars later... The Britten was a deliberate choice has he gave the US premiere decades earlier at Tanglewood of Peter Grimes, the opera from which derive the Four Sea Interludes. That early career premiere was a landmark for Bernstein and having this performed on what was feared to be his last Tanglewood appearance kind of made things come full circle,
    c) Bernstein had been very ill for a few years and in 1990 everyone was well aware the end was very close, even though he was only 72. Bernstein lived a very busy life, with little rest and way too much smoking. Having special care with the program of that final concert was the result of a sad but very educated guess. As for having it recorded, for at least a decade, as mentioned above, his contract always demanded the performance to be recorded.
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    Foxfan reacted to Pawel P. in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    I'm sure what they film at Tanglewood to show on video screens is preserved in the archives - that's not a problem, they don't need tape for that, just some space on a computer or a hard disc.
     
    They may not be planning anything, but knowing that these recordings exist gives me hope that sooner or later they will be released. For example, last year's 'Tanglewood on Parade' was filmed by at least seven cameras - some moving. This is enough to assemble a concert to watch at home.
     
     
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    Foxfan got a reaction from Pawel P. in John Williams 2023 Tanglewood concerts   
    I don’t know if the video portion got saved anywhere (maybe some secret archive), but as for the sound mix, perhaps they record everything out of an abundance of caution so whatever turns out to be his final concert, a recording will exist ready to be released, just like Leonard Bernstein (whose August 1990 Tanglewood performance unexpectedly turned out to be his last)?  


    Not having kids certainly helps. But like many things in life, it’s about prioritizing what you really want to do and make the necessary sacrifices wherever possible to make it happen.
     
    The first Williams concert I saw in Boston (and quite a few that followed) involved me taking the overnight Greyhound bus from Montreal to Boston and then taking the overnight bus home post-concert as well.
     
    In Philly last year I used a free night certificate from a hotel chain for which I have a co-branded credit card.
     
    My hotel stay last night was also covered by points, but living even further away now, I had to drive 15 hours round-trip this past weekend. Not many would willingly put themselves through the inconvenience, but a devoted fan might.
     
     
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