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March 28, 2013 As Hollywood grew increasingly computerized, one man stuck to his Romantic guns. Thanks to John Williams, aliens, wizards, dinosaurs and even humans have cruised across the screen to his sweeping, richly scored orchestral melodies. See Williams conduct the jolly march from the comedy 1941.
Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August.
November 10, 2012 Perhaps the most recognized contemporary composer in the world, Williams calls retiring "unthinkable." He celebrated his 80th birthday this year by working on the score for Steven Spielberg's new film Lincoln.
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May 24, 2012 Think you know movies and classical music? Test your wits with this interactive movie music puzzler.
Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops on the 4th of July, 2008.
July 3, 2010 Hundreds of thousands of people gather every year for The Boston Pops' annual 4th of July concert. The orchestra has a long, colorful history. From the start, the idea was to make it feel different, not just in repertoire, but in atmosphere.
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October 1, 2009 For 40 years, harpist Ann Hobson Pilot has given the Boston Symphony an angelic sound. To mark the occasion of her retirement, she introduces a new concerto written for her by composer John Williams.
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December 29, 2006 Composer, conductor and arranger John Williams gives a jazz twist to Lerner and Loewe's classic Broadway score for My Fair Lady. Featuring singers Dianne Reeves and Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Steve Houghton Quintet and a big band, songs like "The Rain in Spain" have never swung so much.
February 26, 2006 Movie music buff Andy Trudeau continues his series on Oscar-nominated film scores. In this edition: Munich, composed by John Williams, and Brokeback Mountain, composed by Gustavo Santaolalla.
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February 20, 2005 Among the films nominated for best original score this year are two movies of fantasy and fright: The Village and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In part two of an Oscar music series, NPR's movie music buff Andy Trudeau listens to these film scores.
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January 26, 2003 This past week, composer John Williams joined National Symphony Orchestra conductor Leonard Slatkin at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to open a multi-concert series "Soundtracks: Music and Film." NPR's Liane Hansen visited with the two musicians.
March 1, 2002 Host Bob Edwards talks with one of Hollywood's most prolific stars: John Williams. The film composer has written the themes for close to 80 movies; has won five Oscars and is being considered for two Oscars this year. He is also the composer and conductor of concert works. He talks with Edwards about his film career and his latest CD (released mid-February), Yo Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams.
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