The New World Symphony payed tribute to John Williams’ more than five-decade career in the industry as part of their 31st Anniversary Gala, “A Celebration of John Williams,” and John conducted the performance himself. The event, chaired by Will Osborne and Karen Bechtel, featured music from his best-known scores including Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, E.T., Harry Potter and more. The gala program was conducted by John Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas, Francesco Lecce-Chon and Sarah Hicks.
For the first time NWS also presented a simultaneous free WALLCAST® concert of the gala program in SoundScape Park, immediately followed by a screening of Jurassic Park, as a part of “John Williams Comes to Miami” film series. The series included four films: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Jurassic Park, each scored by Williams, shown in the weeks before the gala.
John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage, and he remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices. He has composed the music for more than one hundred films, including all eight Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, Memoirs of a Geisha, Home Alone and The Book Thief. His 45-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including Schindler’s List, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln, The BFG and The Post. Williams also composed themes for four Olympic Games.