‘JOHN WILLIAMS: THE 90th BIRTHDAY GALA CONCERT’
June 23, 2022, Washington DC
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by STÉPHANE DENÈVE
JOHN WILLIAMS, Steven Spielberg, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Special Guests
Conducted by Stéphane Denève
- End Credits from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
- Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Markings for solo violin, strings and harp (Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin)
- Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter for Violin and Orchestra (Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin)
- Selections from Indiana Jones
Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra
- Dear Basketball
- Superman March
- Olympic Fanfare and Theme
- Theme from Schindler’s List (Yo-Yo Ma, cello)
- The Duel from The Adventures of Tintin (Yo-Yo Ma, cello)
- Theme from Jurassic Park
- Selections from Star Wars
The Rise of Skywalker
Throne Room and Finale
Conducted by John Williams
- The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back
VIDEO: Happy Birthday / The Imperial March
- Washington Post – “I thought someone with such musical sophistication was going to be really erudite or grumpy,” Spielberg said, “or at least have an Austrian accent. But not Johnny.”
Spielberg’s was among the night’s most touching tributes, ending with a warm embrace in the rows to a standing ovation.
Perhaps clearer than the unexpected depths of Williams’s music was the overwhelming breadth of his reach. A litany of directors (Ron Howard, George Lucas, Chris Columbus, J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan) sang his praises in roll-in clips. Joyner-Kersee praised the “intensity, sacrifice, friendship and determination” captured by Williams in his fanfares and themes for the Olympic Games. Between electric performances of themes from Star Wars, Mark Hamill (via video) and Ridley (onstage) thanked him for, as Ridley put it, “elevating the work we do on film beyond recognition.” – Full review
- El País – Madness finally broke out at the end of the recital, when this man, whose greatest ambition seemed to be to go unnoticed, took the stage, snatched the baton from Stéphane Denéve, who had conducted the National Symphony Orchestra in a two-hour program with some of his most famous compositions, and gave the audience an energetic interpretation of The Imperial March, from Star Wars. Once the old man in the sixth row confirmed his status as a giant of symphonic music, a shower of golden confetti burst over the audience. – Full review (in Spanish)
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My spouse Edwin Wendler and I had a great time last night. We even met a poster from this board. At the post concert birthday dinner we talked to many and got several photos. Here are two of Daisy & Anne. John was 9 seats away to our left.
The “Superman” match set to photos/video of JW was the highlife for us. “Dear Basketball” had me in tears as some of the voice over from Kobe talked about good-bye and other words which hit us harder since he’s no longer here. Also John’s beautiful score brought out more tears. Had Anne sign my 2CD Vienna concert CD. Edwin and her chatted in German for a moment.
We sat right in front of Alan Silvestri and Thomas Newman and Mike post was next to us. Wow!
A perfect evening!
Credit: Kennedy Center