Film Composer John Williams Turned 80 Today

John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl(Photo: Wikipedia)
John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl(Photo: Wikipedia)

Composer John Williams, who wrote some of the most memorable film scores ever, turned 80 today.  It’ difficult to imagine Luke and Leia, Han Solo, or Darth Vader without hearing the stirring score of Star Wars in your mind.  Can you imagine Indiana Jones running around in his adventures without hearing the Raider’s March in Raiders of the Lost Ark?  The impressive list of great movies scores Williams wrote just goes on and on…Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, the first three Harry Potter films, etc., etc.

John Williams has written much more, both before and after those films, including music for TV and serious concert works.  He’s also a fine conductor and was the music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993.  This evening on Symphony at 7, we’ll be featuring John Williams as conductor of both his own music and a symphony by Alan Hovhaness, his Mysterious Mountain.

Join me this evening for some less well-known music of this fine composer and conductor.  And to John Williams on his 80th birthday–May the Force be with you!