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An Evening of John Williams (2022-02-12, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sidney Myer Free Concert)


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I nearly had a heart attack because I read the title as 'With John Williams' :crymore:

 

Why you never visit Australia, Jay-Dubs? :(

 

Still, live orchestral music is fantastic news given what Melbourne has endured over the last 18 months. We desperately need to inject some life back into the city. Was thinking just yesterday that outside performances should be feasible come summer (the density quotas make indoor performances problematic).

 

But I'll definitely be attending this. I saw the MSO perform The Force Awakens and they were sensational!

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Their performance on jurassic park operation genesis is sublime. Dinosaur fly-by sounds exactly like the film version. I  know it is a re-recording because the composer told me so….

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Yeah that's a fun soundtrack! They performed very well when it came to the JW music. 

 

Still kicking myself for not seeing more of their LTP concerts before COVID happened. Could be waiting a while for those to resume :(

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35 minutes ago, Quppa said:

The full program has been published here - good to see The Olympic Spirit, The Witches of Eastwick and Memoirs of a Geisha in addition to the usual fare.

That is a really nice program.  

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Looks like this will be broadcast live, or at the very least, available on demand afterwards! Great news for anyone who can't attend or lives overseas. It starts at 7.30pm tonight, Australian EST, for anyone who wants to listen.

 

https://www.abc.net.au/classic/programs/evenings/mso-an-evening-with-john-williams/13733832

 

The MSO is a world-class orchestra. I saw them perform TFA a few years back and they did a magnificent job.

 

I love that this set list includes some more obscure pieces in addition to the classics. Memoirs of a Geisha should be fantastic!

 

Here's the final program:

  • Deborah Cheetham: Long time living here
  • John Williams: Star Wars Suite: Main Title
  • John Williams: Saving Private Ryan: Hymn to the Fallen
  • John Williams: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Suite: Hedwig’s Theme
  • John Williams: The Witches of Eastwick: Devil’s Dance
  • John Williams: Memoirs of a Giesha: Suite for Cello and Orchestra: The Chairman’s Waltz
  • John Williams: E. T.: Adventures on Earth
  • John Williams: The Olympic Spirit
  • John Williams: Schindler’s List: Theme
  • John Williams: Hook: Flight to Neverland
  • John Williams: Star Wars Suite: Yoda’s Theme
  • John Williams: Star Wars Suite: Imperial March
  • John Williams: Jurassic Park: Theme
  • John Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark: March
  • John Williams: Happy Birthday Variations
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On 28/09/2021 at 7:05 AM, Quppa said:

Star Wars Suite: Main Title

Saving Private Ryan: Hymn to the Fallen
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Suite: Hedwig's Theme
The Witches of Eastwick: The Dance Of The Witches
Memoirs of a Geisha: Suite for Cello and Orchestra, The Chairman's Waltz
E.T.: Adventures on Earth
The Olympic Spirit
Schindler's List: Theme
Hook: Flight to Neverland
Star Wars Suite: Yoda's Theme
Star Wars Suite: Imperial March
Jurassic Park: Theme

It's nice, don't get me wrong, but it's a standard Greatest Hits package.

Still, any live JW is better than no live JW.

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