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 Posted:   Aug 13, 2007 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

Friday, September 14, 2007 8:00PM
Saturday, September 15, 2007 8:00PM
Sunday, September 16, 2007 8:00PM


John Williams:
Sound the Bells!

John Williams:
Flight to Neverland from Hook

John Williams:
Suite from Jane Eyre (Lowood, To Thornfield, and Reunion)

John Williams:
Suite from the Harry Potter films (Hedwig’s Theme, Aunt Marge’s Waltz, Harry’s Wondrous World)

Bock/ John Williams:
Excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof
Whiting/ John Williams:

"Hooray for Hollywood" from Hollywood Hotel

Lane/ Lerner:
"You’re All the World to Me" from Royal Wedding

DePaul/ Mercer:
"Bless Your Beautiful Hide" from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

André Previn/ Betty Comden & Adolf Green:
"I Like Myself" from It's Always Fair Weather

Fain/ Freed:
"The Worry Song" from Anchors Aweigh

Brown/ Freed:
"Singin' in the Rain" from Singin' in the Rain

John Williams:
Sayuri's Theme from Memoirs of a Geisha

John Williams:
A Tribute to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

http://nyphil.org/attend/season/index.cfm?page=eventDetail&eventNum=1361&seasonNum=7

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2007 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   TownerFan   (Member)

Wow, what a nice programme. It should be a real treat. It must be noted that the "musical tribute" part will be hosted by none other than the great Stanley Donen.

For those of you who plan to attend: don't miss it! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2007 - 1:00 AM   
 By:   Ichabod Slipp   (Member)

Thats really cool thats back on his home turf being a Native New Yorker.
A tribute to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg?Sounds good to me. Wish I could see it.

P.S.
I can't stop admiring those grand,sweeping, gestures that Darth Sidious makes in ROTS as he summons up the unlimited power of the dark side of the force and hurls all those senate pods at Yoda [to the tune of Duel Of The Fates].Sidious comes across as a mad conductor of destruction.The Senate chamber being his "orchestra". I wouldn't be surprised if George Lucas was inspired by Williams energetic conducting when he directed that big scene.....

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2007 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

anyone going to this?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2007 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   cinemel1   (Member)

anyone going to this?

Absolutely! I'll be there on Saturday night.
I never miss Williams with the NY Philharmonic.
Last time I went to both performances. This year I opted for just one. It's always a thrill and a joy.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2007 - 6:43 PM   
 By:   Rexor   (Member)

anyone going to this?

I'm going to the Saturday performance. Is anyone going to the open rehearsal? I thought the playlist could have been better, but it should be a good show. It seems like JW is enjoying his "conducting" sabattical from scoring.

-Rex

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2007 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

anyone going to this?

I'm going to the Saturday performance. Is anyone going to the open rehearsal? I thought the playlist could have been better, but it should be a good show. It seems like JW is enjoying his "conducting" sabattical from scoring.

-Rex


Indeed. If only he could "sabatt" a little at this side of the pond as well...

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2007 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

A mighty fine concert. Not the selections I would have chosen for a concert, but it was great to hear in a concert hall. Stanley Donen and JW had great fun with the banter while Donen explained the clips for his movies.

Here were the encores at least for the Friday concert:

SUGARLAND EXPRESS
OLYMPIC SPIRIT
NBC NEWS

Two more performances to go.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2007 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

Does Williams have an apartment in NY, or does he stay at a hotel?

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2007 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

I love that Williams keeps alive some of the older scores that most casual audience members have no familiarity with, such as JANE EYRE and SUGARLAND EXPRESS. It helps to educate them all that the man has written a great variety of wonderful music that has nothing to do with sci-fi or fantasy films.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2007 - 10:14 PM   
 By:   cinemel1   (Member)

Saturday night was wonderful and exciting.
The three encores were the same.
Stanley Donen's contribution included
humorous anecdotes about the production of each of the selections presented. The vocal of each
number was off the films' soundtracks which then segued into the live orchestra when the dancing sequences ensued. The highlight for me was the barn raising dance from 7 Brides for 7 Brothers. Even Donen commented on the amazing synchronization of the orchestra with the film.
Donen even showed a simple computerized graphic on how they filmed Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling in Royal Wedding.
The Olympic theme was heard against a fine montage from the 1988 Seoul summer games.
All in all quite an evening. Can't wait till next time.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2007 - 11:53 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

It was good to have Maestro Williams performing in my neck of the woods.

The concert, of course, was a sellout. The orchestra played excellently and sumptuously. The "banter" between John Williams and Stanley Donen was rather entertaining. I had not heard the 3-part suite from JANE EYRE live in concert before, and this was the concert highlight for me. I took particular notice of the audience composition. The audience was quite varied by any demographic you would care to select and was most appreciative.

SOME GOOD NEWS!!:
The fine print in the concert program says that this concert will be broadcast locally in New York on WQXR-FM at 9:00 PM on Thursday, January 3, 2008, in the series THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC THIS WEEK. Your local broadcast date and time may vary. Below is the link for the participating FM stations; get your recorders ready!

http://nyphil.org/attend/broadcasts/index.cfm?page=localstations

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2007 - 1:04 AM   
 By:   Rexor   (Member)

It was good to have Maestro Williams performing in my neck of the woods.

I hope he returns to these woods in the near future! Jane Eyre was, indeed, fantastic. It sounded much better than the cd suites that are out there. E.T. was another highlight for me, and the Olypic Spirit montage was great because it showed the power of film and music. It was a wonderful night. The music was so loud, and Stanley Dohen was very entertaining without his notes.

I took particular notice of the audience composition. The audience was quite varied by any demographic you would care to select and was most appreciative.

I, too, noticed this. There were so many kids and young people there(and so forth), and I don't think they were there for the musical aspect. Is Harry Potter as big as Star Wars? I also loved the Mission performancr. It was an excellent peice to close with, though I do wish the audience wouldn't have laughed.

-Rex

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2007 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I, too, noticed this. There were so many kids and young people there(and so forth), and I don't think they were there for the musical aspect. Is Harry Potter as big as Star Wars? I also loved the Mission performancr. It was an excellent peice to close with, though I do wish the audience wouldn't have laughed.

Why did they laugh?

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2007 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   swoony   (Member)

Williams made a joke that he wrote this long piece for NBC news, but they would only play 15 seconds of it for the top of the show. They would play the longer version during the end credits if it's a slow news day. He said that after 25 years, he's still waiting. The audience laughed at that, and it must have extended to the top of the piece because it's the familiar 15 seconds theme everyone knew.

Does anyone know if JW gets royalties for that theme everytime it's played or was it was one shot deal?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2007 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

I also loved the Mission performance. It was an excellent piece to close with, though I do wish the audience wouldn't have laughed.

-Rex
**************************************************
I took a different read on why they laughed. John has played the "Mission Theme" before in New York and has told told that story before the NYC audience before. Each time, they DID NOT laugh when he told the anecdotal introduction to the piece. Each time they DID laugh (out of instant recognition and affection) as soon as they heard the all-too-familiar opening notes of the theme. My read was that they might not have identified the theme from the verbal description, but the first few notes instantly made the introduction make sense. Just my take o the audience reaction.

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2007 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

hey, this is from today's NY Times:

Come on With the Rain (Sharks and Ewoks Too)
By ANTHONY TOMMASINI

The New York Philharmonic has been busy of late, preparing for its gala opening-night concert tomorrow and the start of its subscription season on Wednesday. Yet it found time on Friday night to present a program, mostly of film music, conducted by John Williams. Also taking part was the director, choreographer and dancer Stanley Donen, who introduced scenes from his movie musicals, including “Singin’ in the Rain,” which, let’s face it, is the greatest movie musical of all time.

This was not just an evening of offbeat fun for the Philharmonic. The substantive program included a lot of bustling film music by Mr. Williams and others that few of the musicians may ever have played before. They seemed to enjoy themselves, though, as did an eager audience. This performance and two others over the weekend were nearly sold out.

Mr. Williams, who at 75 still conducts with kinetic energy, has taken flack from patronizing (and no doubt jealous) “serious” composers for the hyperexuberance and heart-tugging sentiment of his film scores. Still, he is a highly skilled and creative craftsman with dramatic flair, a keen ear for harmony and a proven knack for writing uplifting themes that are impossible to forget.

For this program he chose some of his lesser-known music: “Sound the Bells!,” for example, a celebratory piece written for the 1993 wedding of the Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada. In this restless score, with its skittish brass riffs and sustained chromatic string chords, Mr. Williams deftly evokes Asian scales and instrumental colors.

His seldom-heard suite from “Jane Eyre,” a 1971 television movie, was a captivating surprise, especially the first movement, “Lowood,” with bittersweet harmonic language that recalled Vaughan Williams. Not surprisingly, an entrancing suite from the Harry Potter films had young people throughout Avery Fisher Hall sitting bolt upright in their seats.

Mr. Donen, wiry and affable at 83, seemed genuinely touched by the tribute to his work. Scenes from the films were shown on a screen above the orchestra as it played, posing difficult issues of coordination. When the films were made, the dancing was coordinated to recorded music. Here it was the opposite.

Five dance sequences were presented, all timeless achievements from movies Mr. Donen directed, alone or with Gene Kelly, or worked on. The segment began with Fred Astaire in “You’re All the World to Me,” from “Royal Wedding”: the number in which Astaire’s character, delirious in love, appears to dance on the walls and ceiling of a small furnished room. It ended, of course, with Kelly in the title number from “Singin’ in the Rain.”

The program ended with a montage of scenes from “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “E.T.,” with Mr. Williams conducting patched-together excerpts from his scores. The audience applauded as each familiar theme sounded, then rose for an ecstatic ovation. Let high-art types gripe about Mr. Williams. Among those whose medium has been the orchestra, he is surely the best known, most popular and richest composer in history.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2007 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

here's the accompanying picture:

 
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