John Williams Conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony, December 12, 2023 – Reports & Photos

December 12, 2023, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS and Susanna Mälkki
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Pablo Ferrández, cello

This concert will be available to watch on December 30 on Stage +


Conducted by Susanna Mälkki
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yefim Bronfman and Pablo Ferrández

  • Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Opus 43 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
  • Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello & Orchestra in C major, Opus 56, “Triple Concerto” (Ludwig van Beethoven)


  • Theme from Schindler’s List for Violin, Cello & Piano
    Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pablo Ferrández and Yefim Brofman – no conductor


Conducted by John Williams
* Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
^ Pablo Ferrández, cello

  • The Duel from The Adventures of Tintin *^
  • Helena’s Theme from Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny *
  • Scherzo for Violin and Motorcycle from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade *
  • The Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Across the Stars from Attack of the Clones *
  • Rey’s Theme from The Force Awakens *
  • Anakin’s Theme from The Phantom Menace *
  • The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back *


  • Hedwig’s Theme for Violin and Orchestra from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone *



Report by ‘rpvee’ (original post)

A truly magnificent evening! The Maestro was in top form and still sharp as a nail (except only a couple self-described “senior moments”, and during one I helped him remember Sean Connery’s name!). The new version of “Scherzo” was great fun and very much tailored for Anne-Sophie’s style, but the bigger highlight for me was the new version of “Anakin’s Theme” that was also done for her. It took the changes from the version debuted at Tanglewood this past summer and greatly expanded on them, ending on a haunting harp rendition of the Imperial March very similar to what’s played when the character dies at the end of Return of the Jedi – a truly unexpected and chill-inducing callback!

Report by Ian Stouffer (original post)

The concert was an incredible concert. The Beethoven Triple Concerto was played very well. I really loved the Schindler’s List Trio (that as far as I’m aware was a world premiere). Anne-Sophie Mutter is amazing as always, and the anecdote about violins in space was interesting. Scherzo for Violin and Motorcycle was a lot of fun, as was Across the Stars. My second John Williams concert was awesome, just like the one from April of last year.

Report by ‘Toronto’ (original post)

What a great concert that was everybody. One of the best I think I’ve seen in a long time where his energy was alive the entire time….

It was sad to see it come to an end. But I’m also optimistic that he definitely has the energy to keep going and produce more concerts.


Photos by rpvee:

Photo by Foxfan:

Photos by Lockdown:

Rehearsal photo – 12/11/2023 (Credit: WTAE-TV)


Promotional poster:

Pre-concert interview (Credit: Pittsburgh Symphony)