John Williams 80th Birthday Celebration Concert at Tanglewood Music Festival
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John Williams 80th Birthday Celebration Concert at Tanglewood Music Festival

Happy 80th birthday, Mr. Williams!
On August 18,2012 the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival, celebrated John Williams’s 80th birthday. Mr. Williams long time friend, Steven Spielberg made a surprise stage appearances, with several other celebrities and Presidents sending in special video birthday messages. For more information including images from this special concert please continue reading…

Press Release:

Tanglewood, one of the country’s premiere summer music festivals and summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, celebrated John Williams’s 80th birthday on Saturday, August 18, a highlight of the festival’s 75th anniversary season which continues through Labor Day weekend (details at www.tanglewood.org). Pictured above from left to right are Jessye Norman, John Williams, Steven Spielberg, Yo-Yo Ma, Keith Lockhart, and James Taylor.

Steven Spielberg and James Taylor made surprise stage appearances, with President Barack Obama, The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton, George Lucas, Brian Williams, Seiji Ozawa, and Gustavo Dudamel featured in special video birthday messages to Mr. Williams.  The musical program featured the Boston Pops Orchestra, conductors Keith Lockhart, Leonard Slatkin, and Shi-Yeon Sung, and guest artists Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Gabriela Montero, Jessye Norman, and Gil Shaham, as well as members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  The program opened with John Williams’s Olympic Fanfare with the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, followed by beloved themes from E.T., Harry Potter, Star Wars, Schindler’s List and Memoirs of a Geisha.

Images © Boston Symphony Orchestra, Hilary Scott, Stu Rosner

The Author: Brian Curran

A Star Wars Fan since 1977 when he was just 2. Brian grew up in California where his family would often make trips to Disneyland. In 1987 he took his first “Trip to Endor” and doesn’t pass on a chance to go back! He also enjoys going to Conventions and meeting the actors from the Star Wars films.

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