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Spring has Sprung at Symphony Hall

5/22/2007 11:57:00 PM
Opening night was an exciting one for the Boston Pops this year. Ben Folds appeared as a special guest and a fight broke out on the balcony. Not something you'd expect from a quiet evening at Symphony Hall.

Fast forward two weeks and things have gotten even more exciting. For one week only, Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams is in town for five performances in a series of concerts entitled "Film Night" - featuring musical scores from several blockbuster movies. The first performance was this past evening Tuesday May 22nd and I had the distinct pleasure of attending.

Williams started the evening off with a lighthearted joke. He bowed graciously and said that it was a pleasure to be able to perform his music without being interrupted by movie dialogue and sound effects. The audience laughed and the performance began.

Fanfare for a Festive Occasion - Williams

A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann
The Inquirer, from Citizen Kane
Scene d'Amour from Vertigo
Suite from Psycho
Prelude from North by Northwest

From Broadway to Hollywood
Hooray for Hollywood - Whiting/Mercer-Williams
Carousel Waltz - Rodgers
Excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof - Bock/Harnick-Williams
All That Jazz from Chicago - Kander/Ebb-Besterman

At The Movies
March from Superman - Williams

Three Pieces from Harry Potter - Williams
Fawkes the Phoenix
Nimbus 2000
Harry's Wondrous World

A Tribute to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg - Williams
Jaws - Star Wars - Raiders of the Lost Ark - E.T.

It is impossible to go through life without having been touched by the music of John Williams. As a child, I ran around the playground singing the March from Superman or perhaps the Theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones) as I made believe that I was a character from one of the movies. It was an honor to be able to see the composer conduct his own music in person.

There are four performances left. If you have time and can get your hands on some tickets, I recommend you check it out. Performances are at 8pm for the next four nights. According to their website, tickets are no longer available online. Call SymphonyCharge (888-266-1200) for ticket availability. More information can be found on www.bostonpops.com
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1 Response to "Spring has Sprung at Symphony Hall"

  1. Elisa Said,

    that really was an awesome concert! we should make it an annual event to attend whenever he conducts.

    Posted on 5/25/07, 1:33 AM

     
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