“This spring, the Boston Pops will dedicate its season, which begins on May 10, to celebrating the life and career of beloved Hollywood film composer and Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams,” writes Andrea Shea on Tuesday (2/7) at Boston radio station WBUR. “Williams led the Pops from 1980 to 1993. But it’s safe to say he’s best known as the artist who’s conjured some of cinema’s most memorable film scores…. Two of Williams’ iconic scores will be performed live … as the films screen simultaneously over the stage…. ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ is scheduled for May 12 and 13 to mark the movie’s 35th anniversary, and ‘Jaws,’ has its live-with-orchestra debut on May 25. ‘John wanted us to have the premiere,’ Pops conductor Keith Lockhart said.… In April, Lockhart and the Pops will record two pre-season concerts for a live tribute album of Williams’ music to mark the composer’s 85th birthday year. (The actual day he came into the world is Feb. 8.) While the Pops’ season is undoubtedly Williams-centric,” the season will also feature the musical revue Sondheim on Sondheim, the Pops’ annual gospel night, and guest artists Queen Latifah, Ben Folds, and Leslie Odom Jr.
Posted February 8, 2017
Pictured: John Williams conducting the Boston Pops in 2014. Photo by Stu Rosner