Tanglewood's Film Night with John Williams
What do the Star Wars’ “Imperial March,” the Jaws theme, the Schindler’s List score and “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” all have in common? One man: John Williams.
I, like many others, grew up watching the amazing movies he worked his music magic on. Magic that has resulted in five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, and 21 Grammies.
Luckily, the Flushing, NY native is a Boston Pops conductor laureate and conducts a few performances at Tanglewood in Massachusetts each summer season, so we can hear and see what he can do with an orchestra up close and personal.
The first time I experienced this was a few years ago when the Tanglewood Film Night’s theme was Indiana Jones. As parts of the film played on an overhead screen, Williams conducted the Boston Pops through the adventurous, romantic score for the archaeologist turned hero character.
Without actually seeing the full orchestra in front of me, I would never have known they were there. It sounded exactly like what’s in the trilogy – I keep telling myself the last Indiana Jones movie didn’t really happen and Spielberg was just kidding when he released it.
Still, that movie was included in the program and, I’ll admit, the movie is a lot better when you close your eyes and just listen to the music.
This year, Film Night was this past weekend and it had a similar theme – a lineup of all Steven Spielberg movies and scores: Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., and there was an encore of the Indiana Jones music.
For $21 for lawn, it was completely worth the 1.5 hour drive. It’s a very popular event, however, so if you go next year I would recommend getting early and expect to wait in traffic going in and getting out.
The rules there are a little more lenient than SPAC so they allow beer, wine, camping chairs, and even candles and cheese platters.
While, according to the Tanglewood website http://www.bso.org/bso/index.
Aug 21 - Mendelssohn and Beethoven – 8:30 pm, $19- $99
Aug 22 – Higdon, Bach, Suppe, Sarasate, Bizet – 2:30 p.m. $18- $89
Aug 29 – Bach and Beethoven – 2:30 p.m. $19- $99
Sept 1 – Crosby, Stills, and Nash – 7:30 p.m. $24- $96)
Sept 5 – jazz festival – all day lawn $34