On May 25, 2011, I had the great pleasure to see the five-time Academy Award winning composer, John Williams, at a Boston Pop’s concert. Known for composing the soundtracks of Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and three Harry Potter movies, Williams was sensational and phenomenal as he conducted some of his own and other’s music pieces at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
As the Boston Pops Ochestra’s laureate, Williams has reunited with the Boston Pops for a “Horray for Hollywood” concert series. Among the best music pieces that were conducted last night, my favorites were the “Imperial March” from the Star Wars films, and his tribute to George Lucas and Steven Speilberg. During his tribute to these Academy-Award winning filmmakers who Williams has worked with multiple times, Williams conducted the scores from Jaws, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and E.T.
Another memorable part of the night was when Williams conducted a musical piece that he wrote directly for Boston Pop’s oboist Keisuke Wakao. Besides listening to this beautiful and elegant piece, it was especially sentimental when Wakao’s daughter presented a bouquet of flowers for his talented father.
During the concert, there were two intermissions. These intermissions allowed spectators to relax comfortably, and to order a cocktail if they desired. Although there were many enjoyable scores that were performed throughout the concert, the most enjoyable moment in the concert was when Williams orchestrated the Pops to perform the soundtrack from Casablanca while the audience also watched scenes from the movie. A tribute to John Belushi’s 1941 was also orchestrated.
Looking back at the enchanted evening, I was very giddy to attend my first John Williams concert. John Williams has always been my favorite conductor, and I always wanted the opportunity to watch him conduct in person. Even though I was not able to meet Williams in person as I believed I would, I hope that Williams will reunite with the Boston Pops again, so that I will finally meet my favorite conductor.
Unfortunately for John Williams fans in Boston, his last performance date on May 28th performance date has been sold out. If you would like more information about the Boston Pops Orchestra, you may contact the Boston Pops by phone (617-266-1492) or e-mail (email@example.com).
Keith Powers, “Boston Pops re-create music magic”, Boston Herald On-Line.