John Williams News

Date Of Birth:
April 15, 1903
Date Of Death:
May 05, 1983 (80)
Birth Place:
Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND
Gender:
Male
The Pacific Symphony Celebrated Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

More than 300 guests dressed in elegant cocktail attire gathered at The Westin South Coast Plaza for Pacific Symphony's Opening Night party on Thursday, Sept. 25, eager to celebrate Music Director Carl St.Clair's milestone 25th anniversary with the orchestra. A festive poolside cocktail reception and gourmet dinner in the Terrace Pavilion featured a bounty of surprises for St.Clair, including performances by Pacific Symphony musicians, the John Alexander Singers and music by the maestro's mentor, Leonard Bernstein. Hosted by the Symphony's Board of Directors, the special event continued through the opening concert of the 2014-15 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical series, featuring classical superstar Joshua Bell, and included a reception on the Box Circle level of the hall during intermission and a post-concert party back at The Westin. The evening—presented by South Coast Plaza—raised more than $150,000 to support the Symphony's artistic and education programs. Additional sponsors included platinum sponsors Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin Newport Beach and artist sponsors Ellie and Mike Gordon. (more...)

Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Blind Auditions Night Four Recap 9/30; Updating Live!
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 30, 2014

Three down, two to go. There are only two Blind Auditions left, and the four VOICE teams are starting to take shape. Now that each coach has a substantial stable of singers, they are starting to be a bit pickier on who gets them to hit their buttons. (more...)

N.C. Symphony to Kick Off 2014-15 Friday Favorites Series with AT THE OSCARS, 10/17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

The North Carolina Symphony will perform “At the Oscars” Friday, Oct. 17, at noon in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh in the opening concert of its popular “Friday Favorites” lunchtime series. Music in the movies has been around since the days of the silent pictures, and the program for “At the Oscars,” led by Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, features some of the greatest music ever scored for Oscar-winning films. (more...)

Itzhak Perlman to Performs Solo Recital Show at Avery Fisher Hall, 12/3
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Reigning violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will perform his first New York solo recital since 2007 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 7:30 PM, presented by IMG Artists. Pianist Rohan De Silva, Perlman's longtime recital partner, joins the violinist for a program to include Vivaldi's Sonata in A Major for Violin and Continuo, Op. 2 RV 31; Schumann's Fantasiestucke, Op. 73; Beethoven's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 18; and Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G Major, as well as additional works to be announced from the stage. (more...)

Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Recap for Blind Audition Night Three 9/29; Full Results!
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 29, 2014

The first two nights of THE VOICE's Blind Auditions last week, presented us with a lot of ups, but a few uncharacteristic downs from a show that prides itself on having the best singers on reality TV, and the third night wasn't much different. That being said NBC's megahit still provides the most compelling audition process on TV, and makes other singing shows (cough AMERICAN IDOL) look like the minor leagues in terms of talent. (more...)

November at The University Musical Society Includes SUPERPOSITION, THE BIG SQUEEZE, and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

The University Musical Society (UMS) continues its 2014-2015 season in November with eight must-see performances. The month opens with superposition, a stage work by Japan's leading contemporary artist Ryoji Ikeda on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 in the Power Center; superposition explores the world of micro-data using a rich sonic soundscape, synchronized content feeds on twin cinema screens, and human performers who execute real-time data streams. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Presents Joshua Bell and More Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Pacific Symphony launches Music Director Carl St.Clair's landmark 25th-anniversary “season of giants” with classical music superstar, violinist Joshua Bell, plus two orchestral showpieces and a West Coast premiere. Hear this concert live on KUSC, Saturday at 8 p.m. (more...)

Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Blind Auditions Night Two Recap 9/23; Full Results & Pics!
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 23, 2014

Two days into THE VOICE Blind Auditions, and I feel like we have already seen more talent than we did in the entire AMERICAN IDOL audition process this past season. While Night One wasn't one of THE VOICE's best premieres, Night Two brought a crap-ton of talent. (more...)

SF Symphony Film Series to Present Six Films, Accompanied by Live Music, for Second Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 27, 2014) – The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) continues its popular Film Series in the 2014-15 season, offering a wide range of critically-acclaimed films projected above the Davies Symphony Hall stage with their powerful musical scores performed as live orchestral accompaniment. The series opens September 27 with The Wizard of Oz and its Academy Award-winning film score, in celebration of the film's 75th Anniversary year. December 12 & 13 the SFS is joined by over 150 children's voices for the holiday favorite Home Alone with score by John Williams. The U.S. premiere of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather with live orchestral accompaniment of the film's haunting score by Nino Rota follows, January 9-10. A celebration of iconic choreography on March 28, Gotta Dance! Great Moments of Dance in Film highlights choreographed scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Brigadoon, Madame Bovary, and An American in Paris, among others. The series closes on April 25 with a program saluting Chinese composer Tan Dun's film scores, including his Oscar- and Grammy-winning score to Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Zhang Yimou'sHero, and Feng Xiaogang's The Banquet. On Halloween, a restoration of the 1920 black & white film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will be accompanied by the improvisations of Todd Wilson on Davies Symphony Hall's mighty Ruffatti organ. The series follows the sold out inaugural series in 2013-14 which presented a week of Hitchcock films, A Night at the Oscars, Charlie Chaplin's silent film City Lights, and selections from Disney's classicFantasia films. (more...)

BOSTON WELCOMES ANDRIS NELSONS AS THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Marking a new era in the 134-year history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons will make his highly anticipated debut as the BSO's new music director on Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall. When Mr. Nelsons takes on the title of BSO Music Director on September 27, he will be, at age 35, the youngest conductor to hold that title with the orchestra in over 100 years. The fifteenth music director since the Boston Symphony Orchestra's founding in 1881, Mr. Nelsons is also the first Latvian-born conductor to assume the post. (more...)

VIDEO: Get a First Look at STAR WARS EPISODE VII's Millennium Falcon!
by Movies News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Bad Robot Productions has released a video of the Millennium Falcon space ship from the set of J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. (more...)

Steve Aoki and Pink Martini Join Daniel Pearl World Music Days Honorary Committee
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

Internationally renowned artists Steve Aoki and Pink Martini have joined the Honorary Committee for the 13 th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, a global network of performances organized by the Daniel Pearl Foundation. (more...)

Patti LuPone to Premiere FAR AWAY PLACES Follow-Up at 54 Below in November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone in 'Far Away Places - Part Two' November 3 -15. In an evening conceived and directed by Tony Award winner Scott Wittman, LuPone returns with Part Two of the show which she premiered to critical acclaim when 54 Below opened in June 2012. In this continuation of the show (which will include a few encores from the landmark Part One) she further explores her wanderlust, performing songs by an eclectic group of songwriters including Irving Caesar, Billy Joel, David Yazbek, Johnny Mercer and Kris Kristofferson. (more...)

Renee Fleming to Open San Antonio Symphony's 75th Anniversary Season, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

On September 20, Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing and four-time Grammy® winner Renee Fleming will open the San Antonio Symphony's 75th Anniversary season at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Fleming wowed the crowds at this year's Super Bowl with her extraordinary rendition of the "The Star-Spangled Banner." She will perform Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss, and music from Canteloube and Delibes, in a concert complemented by sparkling works for orchestra by Strauss and Ravel. The exquisite beauty of Renee Fleming's singing of this glorious music will radiate throughout the hall at the new Tobin Center. (more...)

Audra McDonald, Kathy Griffin, 'STARCATCHER', Itzak Perlman, Alvin Ailey and More Set for the Van Wezel's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

Once again crowned as the No. 1 Performing Arts Hall of its size in North America (Venues Today, 2000 seat category), the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is proud to announce a new season bustling with fresh talent and seasoned stars, with every performance delivering a dose of extraordinary. Single tickets go on sale this coming Saturday, September 13 at 10 AM at the Box Office, online, and by phone. Appointments are available for ticket buyers by calling the Box Office at 941-953-3368. (more...)

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of THE MAZE RUNNER to Be Released 9/16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

Sony Classical announces the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of The Maze Runner, by composer John Paesano, available September 16. (more...)

Royal Albert Hall Presents A NIGHT OUT WITH... SIR MICHAEL CAINE, Feat. Artist Max Richter and More, Oct 2014
by BWW News Desk - Sep 01, 2014

The Royal Albert Hall has announced their season for October 2014. It includes a celebration of Michael Caine, featured artists Max Richter, Peter Andre, and more. (more...)

Helaine Levy to Receive Georgy Award at Arizona Theatre Company's 2014 Gala, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Helaine Levy, Executive Director of the Diamond Family Philanthropies, will receive the Georgy Award from Arizona Theatre Company in recognition of the foundation's consistent support of ATC, her personal ongoing support of Tucson's not-for-profit community and her role in establishing the Non-Profit Loan Fund that assists not-for-profits with cash flow. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Orchestra to Mark 25th Anniversary with Violinist Joshua Bell & More, 9/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Orange County, Calif.—Aug. 28, 2014—Pacific Symphony launches Music Director Carl St.Clair's landmark 25th-anniversary “season of giants” with classical music superstar, violinist Joshua Bell, plus two orchestral showpieces, a West Coast premiere and festivities fit for the grand occasion. Bell returns for his fifth performance with the Symphony (he last performed with the Symphony in May 2010) to celebrate the maestro and captivate audiences with the exciting, breakneck theme and stunning Romanticism of Alexander Glazunov's Violin Concerto. Interview Magazine may have summed up the remarkable violinist's playing best by saying, Bell “does nothing less than tell human beings why they bother to live.” The violinist's artistry is exemplified in his new music directorship of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, his release of 40 CDs since the age of 18, multiple television appearances and countless accolades. (more...)

Seth MacFarlane to Join John Williams and the LA Phil for MAESTRO OF THE MOVIES This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Legendary film composer John Williams returns to the Hollywood Bowl to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an exciting weekend of music from the silver screen, Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30, at 8 pm. (more...)

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