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National Symphony Orchestra Film Festival: A Portrait of John Williams

John Williams (Jan. 23) and Leonard Slatkin (Feb. 1) conduct some of Williams' finest film scores and concert hall works.

  • Sat., Feb. 1, 2003, 8:00 PM
  • Concert Hall
  • 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • $19.00 - $69.00
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At the movies, one element does more than any other to heighten the suspense, enhance the romance, and ratchet up the thrills: the music. From the earliest days of cinema, filmmakers have turned to composers to help bring their art to life. Now you can hear that music performed as part of the National Symphony Orchestra's festival Soundtracks: Music and Film. This exciting festival will be co-directed by Leonard Slatkin - who, as a child in Hollywood, was mentored by leading composers and performers from cinema's golden age - and preeminent film composer John Williams, whose music has graced such seminal hits as Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and many more.



In the first half of this exciting concert, Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads the National Symphony Orchestra in a sampling of John Williams' dynamic compositions for the concert hall: the colorful "For Seiji," written for Seiji Ozawa's 25th anniversary as the Boston Symphony Orchestra's music director, and "Five Sacred Trees," a beautiful dialogue between bassoon and orchestra inspried by Celtic legend that features a solo by NSO Principal Bassoonist Sue Heineman.

The second half of the concert highlights a number of Williams' memorable film scores from some of the most successful movies in Hollywood history, all directed by longtime collaborator Steven Spielberg. From the tragic theme to Schindler's List, to a thrillingly omnious fugue from Jaws, to the magical Adverntures on Earth from E.T., it's a spectacular evening of music you won't want to miss.

Program and Notes

WILLIAMS
For Seiji!
WILLIAMS
Five Sacred Trees: Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra
WILLIAMS
Flight to Neverland from Hook
WILLIAMS
Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
WILLIAMS
Shark Cage Fugue Jaws
WILLIAMS
Theme from Schindler's List
WILLIAMS
March from Raiders of the Lost Ark

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