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In a BBC Radio 4 interview from this morning, John Williams mentions that he "[hopes] to be in Berlin in October conducting the orchestra". Is this the first we have heard of a potential concert with

Probably we will be able to see and hear Anne-Sophie play the violin concerto. 

Here's the 5-minute interview on YouTube (Berlin snippet at 4:48)    

Sarah Willis (BPO horn) talked about a potential Williams concert that didn't happen in an interview this year. So who know? I think they have tried to get him come to Berlin for a few years. As I'm from Germany, this would be great! However, not sure if Williams will travel so far away anymore and we don't know if the vaccine is effective for people of his age.

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It was bizarre to start up my engine this morning for my commute to hear John's immediately recognisable croaky tones coming out of the radio. He was speaking over the phone. 

 

In the same interview he also said he "believes" the vaccines will be effective and get us all moving again, including allowing him to get to Berlin next October. 

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14 minutes ago, Biodome said:

 

If John Williams conducts a concert, and no one is around to hear it, does it happen?

 

(It's World Philosophy Day today btw)

And also International Men's Day, but that fits in more with the philosophy of the Vienna Phil.......

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Berliner Philharmoniker would be a great choice for John. So many legendary recordings have been made by them, and when they play romantics like Beethoven, they have no equals in the world. I'd be really curious to hear how John's music would sound on that orchestra.

 

I actually had plans to go to some random concert of theirs, just to hear them play live. I've heard that they do great New Year's Eve concerts, and since the tickets to Berlin are fairly affordable, I was considering the option to meet the coming New Year there. Of course, when the pandemic began, it all had to be postponed.

 

So they're already a great orchestra to have on the bucket list, even without John Williams. With the maestro conducting them, though, it would be a no brainer. Since John made it clear on the BBC that Berliner Philharmoniker is an orchestra he'd really want to conduct, I am fairly optimistic that we will see it happen pretty soon.

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2 minutes ago, Biodome said:

Berliner Philharmoniker would be a great choice for John. So many legendary recordings have been made by them, and when they play romantics like Beethoven, they have no equals in the world. I'd be really curious to hear how John's music would sound on that orchestra.

 

I'd be curious to hear him conduct Beethoven!

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Just two days ago I was listening to Simon Rattle conducting E.T. and Raiders, and imagined myself trying to get a bunch of shy northern Germans to stand up and applaud as Williams is intering, only to finally tell them that the Wieners cannot be better than "us". It worked!

 

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Guess what now... haha, where are my euros...

 

Fuck a new mouse and a DAW. I want to be THERE.

 

And considering that after Sarah Willis' words I have never thought this would happen in the first place, if it really doesn't, I can take it. Let's run with optimism for now.

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I've gone to Berlin every year for the last 5-6 years, to attend the Nordic Film Music Days during the Berlinale. Of course, nobody knows what happens this year, and it's February, anyway, so no chance to combine the two. But I'll gladly take another Berlin trip in October if this comes to pass, and I manage to secure a ticket. Perhaps a 'round trip' with this, WSA, Hollywood in Vienna etc., like I've done in the past.

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10 minutes ago, Jurassic Shark said:

What a missed opportunity - the host should have asked about JW's reaction after seeing Schindler's List for the first time!

 

Should have also asked about what the inspiration behind Rey's theme was.

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