John Williams turns 85
Today (February 8, 2017), John Williams celebrates his 85th birthday!
Boston Pops to record Williams albums
To celebrate John Williams’ 85th birthday, the Boston Pops will dedicate their 2017 spring season to their esteemed conductor laureate. On April 7 and 8, 2017, prior to the official beginning of the Pops season, the orchestra and music director Keith Lockhart will record two pre-season concerts for a live album featuring selections from Williams’ lesser-known scores (including The Towering Inferno and Goodbye, Mr. Chips). Williams himself returns to the Pops (sharing the podium with Lockhart) for Film Night concerts on May 31 and June 1. Lockhart will also conduct live-to-screen presentations of E.T. (May 12 & 13) and Jaws (May 25 & 26) as well as a full program of Williams selections (May 16 & 24).
Markings for Anne-Sophie Mutter
On Sunday, July 16, 2017, violinst Anne-Sophie Mutter will premiere Markings, for solo violin, string orchestra and hapr, a new work composed expressly for her by John Williams. Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony, will conduct the BSO in a program that also features the Tchaikovsky violin concerto and Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique. Tickets to this performance, as well as an open rehearsal the morning of July 15, go on sale January 23. Mutter has for some time been asking Williams to compose a work for her. “He wrote a beautiful violin concerto in the 1970s,” she told The Wall Street Journal in 2015. “What he could bring to a new composition now is just tremendous.”