John Williams

American composer John Williams

John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars saga, Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Home Alone and its sequel, Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and the first three Harry Potter films.
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John Williams, Classical Guitar's Standard-Bearer, Still Recording In Retirement
NPR - about 2 months
His precise technique and big ears made him the "Michael Jordan" of his instrument. These days, he doesn't tour any more, but he's still making albums for his own label. (Image credit: Kathy Panama/Courtesy of the artist)
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The week ahead in L.A. classical music, Sept. 3-10: The LA Opera's 'Carmen' and more
LATimes - 6 months
Nixon Library Sunday Concerts Classical guitarist Olivia Chiang performs. Richard M. Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. Sun., 2 p.m. Free. (714) 993-5075. John Williams: Maestro of the Movies The composer-conductor leads the LA Phil in selections from his many classic film scores,...
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The week ahead in L.A. classical music, Aug. 27-Sept. 3: John Williams with the L.A. Phil and more
LATimes - 6 months
Nixon Library Sunday Concerts Guitarist Gregg Goodhart performs. Richard M. Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. Sun., 2 p.m. Free. (714) 993-5075. Sundays Live Flutist Susan Greenberg, et al., perform works by Kuhlau and Reger. Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Sun.,...
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Hold the light sabers: This is John Williams off the big screen but still substantial at the Bowl
LATimes - 7 months
Stéphane Denève continues his rise in the symphonic ranks, having just been appointed to succeed David Robertson as music director of the St. Louis Symphony, starting in the 2019-2020 season. The Los Angeles Philharmonic already knows Denève’s capabilities since he has been a frequent guest conductor...
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Brunch, Bowl And Beyond: How To Celebrate Mother's Day In L.A.
Huffington Post - 10 months
Admit it, you forgot Mother’s Day was this weekend until you saw the headline. No worries, there are plenty of tasty ways to celebrate the L.A. mom in your life on Sunday, or for that matter, anytime this summer. Whether she’d prefer a brunch fit for a foodie, a posh steak dinner or a picnic under the stars, here are a few suggestions to suit any mother’s taste buds. Baran’s 2239 This hotspot owned by brothers Jonathan and Jason Baran, situated in an unassuming strip mall in Hermosa Beach, is perfect for anyone who loves unique share plates served with a craft IPA. The South Bay space is reminiscent of a neighborhood bar, featuring wooden tables and a large wall mirror, exposed rafters and a wraparound bar with sports playing on the overhead TV. Executive Chef Tyler Gugliotta has put together a stellar menu, so come hungry. Start with the daily donut and the housemade granola atop housemade yogurt. It’s a sweet way to start the meal and pairs well with the sparkling r...
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George Lucas Explains The True Meaning Of 'Star Wars'
Huffington Post - 11 months
George Lucas made a surprise appearance at the Star Wars Celebration event in Orlando where he took part in a panel discussion on the film franchise.  The “Star Wars” creator outlined in an interview with actor Warwick Davis at the event Thursday what his beloved film series is really all about.  “The idea was simply to do a high-adventure film that I loved when I was a kid with meaningful psychological themes,” he said. “I’m not supposed to say this, and I wasn’t supposed to say it then, but it’s a film for 12-year-olds.” He explained: “It was designed to be a film, like mythology, of: This is what we stand for. You’re about to enter the real world. You’re 12 years old, you’re going to go on into the big world, you’re moving away from your parents being the center of focus. You’re probably scared, you don’t know what’s going to happen, and here is a little idea of some of the things you should pay attention to: Friendships, honesty, trust and doing...
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'Star Wars' Releases Touching Tribute Video To Carrie Fisher
Huffington Post - 11 months
The collective sorrow from “Star Wars” fans over Carrie Fisher’s death continues to be as vast as space. Lucasfilm produced a Star Wars Celebration event that is currently taking place in Orlando through Sunday. The gathering has already featured appearances by “Star Wars” actors, such as Mark Hamill and Felicity Jones, and also debuted a new video tribute to Fisher, who died on Dec. 27, 2016. Above, you can watch the nearly five-minute segment. Composer John Williams also conducted a musical tribute to Fisher, which seemingly received a standing ovation. John Williams' tribute to Carrie Fisher has crowd on its feet #SWCO pic.twitter.com/OWEu3FZaFX — Jim Vejvoda @ SWCO (@JimVejvoda) April 13, 2017 Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, spoke about her mother at the event on Thursday, wearing a Tom Ford dress modeled to look like Princess Leia’s iconic outfit. “She was imperfect in many ways, but her imperfections and willingness to speak about...
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Fed's Williams Expects More Interest Rate Increases in 2017
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams talks with WSJ's Harriet Torry about the Fed's recent monetary policy moves and says he expects "three or maybe even more" interest rate increases this year.
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Thoreau is Alive (and Crankier Than Ever) on His 200th Birthday
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In a recent piece in the Book Review section of The New York Times ("Celebrating Two Centuries of Thoreau") John Williams reminds us that "if the air at Walden had been really, really health-giving" Henry David Thoreau would be turning 200 in 2017. If you're at all like me, you include Thoreau with the most original writers of his time, and in fact, of just about any era. Rarely a day passes when I don't wish he were around to offer some perspective on the endless stream of gadgets, apps, and social media sites that, increasingly, dominate our lives. So, in honor of HDT's Bicentennial birthday, I've asked a respected local psychic to bring him back from the beyond just long enough to take part in a special prototype test of a much anticipated new high-tech device called the PodPad. Below is a transcript of what he had to say to the manufacturer... * * * Make yourself comfortable, Mr. Thoreau. Some green tea? An organic protein bar? Given the demands of your cabin ...
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John Williams Has Never Seen 'Star Wars,' Doesn't Think Much Of His Scores
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Some musical compositions were simply destined to live forever in the cultural conversation: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The “Happy Birthday” song. Beyoncé’s entire catalog. And, of course, composer John Williams’ score to the “Star Wars” films, which are just as iconic and recognizable as that opening prelude scroll into outer space.  At least one person, however, doesn’t agree with that conclusion: Williams himself, who told The Mirror that he doesn’t find the “Star Wars” theme orchestrations to be particularly noteworthy. “A lot of them ​are ​not very memorable,” he said. “I’m a composer of music,” he explained, “and I look at Mozart and I look at Beethoven and Bach, the greatest organizers of sound that we’ve ever had, and you need to be humble when the shoulders that we stand on are so great.​“ Not to mention that Williams himself has also composed ― aside from non-film symphonies and concertos ― a number of other memorable scores, including those for...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Forcing Star Wars Episode VIII Titles
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Disney wasn't quite sure how many Star Wars films to add to the slate until Rogue One debuted. Admittedly, Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm said the company didn't want to go beyond the two sequels to last year's mega-hit The Force Awakens and the "Young" Han Solo film. Now that Rogue is a hit, we can expect more from the cinematic "force" As we await further word on casting of the Solo film, and debate whether the next standalone films will center Boba Fett, a young Obi-Wan Kenobi, or someone else, the next big Star Wars news will be when the trailer to Episode VIII will debut and what its title will be. Until that information is released to the masses, I've decided to take a crack at what the next film's title might be. Why? Because I'm a card-carrying SW nerd. Additionally, in these trying times, I want to attempt to make you (and me laugh). Some of these, mind you, I think would be cool titles even though I have no clue what the next film will be about. Anyway, have fun, and enjo...
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Monetary Policy: Fed’s John Williams Feels Uncertainty Among Business Leaders
NYTimes - about 1 year
Mingled optimism and concern in discussions the San Francisco Fed chief has had since the election.
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Stream the Rogue One soundtrack on Amazon Prime, Apple Music and Spotify
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story isn’t just the first stand-alone Star Wars anthology movie, but it also marks the first film in the franchise that won’t include John Williams’ iconic arrangement. Disney has previously stated that the soundtrack would be available to pre-order on Amazon and stream Dec. 16, but the company also confirmed to Polygon today that other streaming services — including Apple Music and Spotify — would have it as well. “The only pre-order is on Amazon with both physical [and] streaming [options] available on street date this Friday,” a Disney representative told Polygon.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Williams
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 84
    In 2016, Williams composed the score for Spielberg's The BFG, which opened in July 2016.
    Williams received the AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2016.
    Williams will be honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016, becoming the first composer to receive the award.
    At a Tanglewood concert in August 2016, Williams confirmed he is scheduled to start scoring the film.
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    On June 9, 2016, an interview with Variety stated he "expects" to start working on it in 2017 if attached to the project.
  • 2015
    Age 83
    However, in March 2015, it was announced that Thomas Newman would replace Williams for the film, as Williams' schedule was interrupted by a minor health issue and he became unavailable to score the film.
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    In 2015, he scored Star Wars: The Force Awakens, earning him his 50th Academy Award nomination.
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  • 2013
    Age 81
    He also scored the 2013 film The Book Thief, which marked his first collaboration with a director other than Spielberg since 2005.
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    In February 2013, Williams conducted the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra and also expressed his interest in working in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, stating: "Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016... so I need to make sure I'm still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George."
  • 2012
    Age 80
    In 2012, Williams scored Spielberg's film Lincoln and subsequently received his 48th Academy Award nomination.
    Williams won an Annie Award for his score for The Adventures of Tintin in 2012.
  • 2011
    Age 79
    After a three-year absence from film scoring, Williams composed the scores for Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse in 2011.
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  • 2008
    Age 76
    During 2008, he also composed music for two documentaries, Warner at War, and A Timeless Call, the latter of which was directed by Steven Spielberg.
    In 2008, Williams returned to the Indiana Jones series to score the fourth film—Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
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  • 2005
    Age 73
    In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams' richly thematic and highly popular score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time.
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    In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams' score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time.
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  • 2002
    Age 70
    Along with themes from the previous films, Williams created new themes to be used as leitmotifs in 2002's Attack of the Clones and 2005's Revenge of the Sith.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1987
    Age 55
    The Spielberg-Williams collaboration resumed with the director's 1987 film Empire of the Sun, and has continued to the present, spanning genres from science fiction thrillers (1993's Jurassic Park), to somber tragedies (1993's Schindler's List, 2005's Munich), to Eastern-tinged melodramas (2005's Memoirs of a Geisha, directed by Rob Marshall), to dramatic war films (1998's Saving Private Ryan).
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  • FORTIES
  • 1982
    Age 50
    Williams composed an emotional and sensitive score to Spielberg's 1982 fantasy film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
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  • 1981
    Age 49
    For the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, created by Lucas and directed by Spielberg, Williams wrote a rousing main theme known as "The Raiders March" to accompany the film's hero, Indiana Jones.
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  • 1980
    Age 48
    In 1980, Williams married Samantha Winslow, a photographer.
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  • 1978
    Age 46
    Williams worked with director Richard Donner to score the 1978 film Superman.
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  • 1977
    Age 45
    During the same period, Spielberg recommended Williams to his friend and fellow director George Lucas, who needed a composer to score his ambitious 1977 space epic film Star Wars.
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  • 1974
    Age 42
    In 1974, director Steven Spielberg approached Williams to compose the music for his feature directorial debut, The Sugarland Express.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 40
    He also wrote a very memorable score for the 1972 film The Cowboys, a western starring John Wayne and directed by Mark Rydell.
    During the early 1970s, Williams' prominence grew thanks to his work for now–film producer Irwin Allen's disaster films, composing the scores for 1972's The Poseidon Adventure and 1974's The Towering Inferno.
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    In 1972, he composed the score for the Robert Altman–directed psychological thriller Images (recorded in collaboration with noted percussionist Stomu Yamashta) which earned him another nomination in the category Best Music, Original Dramatic Score at the 1973 Academy Awards.
  • 1971
    Age 39
    Williams broke through to win his first Academy Award for his film score in the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof.
  • 1967
    Age 35
    Williams received his first Academy Award nomination for his film score for 1967's Valley of the Dolls, and was nominated again for his score for 1969's Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1958
    Age 26
    Williams's first film composition was for the 1958 B movie Daddy-O, and his first screen credit came two years later in Because They're Young.
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  • 1956
    Age 24
    Williams married Barbara Ruick, an American actress and singer, in 1956. Together they had three children: Jennifer (b. 1956), Mark Towner Williams (b. 1958), and Joseph (b. 1960), who is the lead singer of Toto. The two remained married until her death in 1974.
  • 1955
    Age 23
    In 1955, following his Air Force service, Williams moved to New York City and entered The Juilliard School where he studied piano with Rosina Lhévinne.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1952
    Age 20
    In 1952, Williams was drafted into the U.S. Air Force, where he conducted and arranged music for The U.S. Air Force Band as part of his assignments.
  • 1948
    Age 16
    In 1948, the Williams family moved to Los Angeles where John attended North Hollywood High School graduating in 1950.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Age 0
    John Towner Williams was born on February 8, 1932 in Floral Park, New York, the son of Esther (née Towner) and Johnny Williams, a jazz percussionist who played with the Raymond Scott Quintet.
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