This Is No Fantasy: «SUPERMAN» – IN CONCERT Review

The City Light Symphony Orchestra and Anthony Gabriele (Photo © Basil Boehni; City Light Concerts)

The world premiere of John Williams’ majestic score performed live to picture by City Light Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Gabriele exhilarates the audience at the KKL in Lucerne

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«SUPERMAN» – IN CONCERT Podcast Special: Interview with Mike Matessino

Soundtrack Producer Mike Matessino talks his involvement in the preparation of the live-to-picture concert performance of John Williams’ classic score premiering at the KKL in Lucerne on April 29

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«SUPERMAN» – IN CONCERT Podcast Special: Interview with Anthony Gabriele

Conductor Anthony Gabriele talks the stirring musical score by John Williams for the 1978 classic film premiering in a live-to-picture concert presentation at the KKL in Lucerne on April 29

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John Williams at Carnegie Hall

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A review of the concert performed by Maestro Williams and Anne-Sophie Mutter with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City on April 21, 2022

The Legacy of John Williams is happy to present a review of this very special concert performance written by guest contributor Sean Wilson, a UK-based film journalist specialized in film soundtracks.

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Inspire in absentia: Memoirs from London and Vienna

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The London Symphony Orchestra performing the concert “A Celebration of John Williams” at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday October 26th, 2018 (Photo by Christie Goodwin, courtesy of Royal Albert Hall)

As it was announced just a couple of days before the show, John Williams had to cancel his appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 26, 2018 due to a last-minute illness that unfortunately caught him upon his arrival in the UK’s capitol. The composer was set to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in a long-awaited concert featuring his beloved movie music in a career-spanning program. The event (which sold-out in a few hours after it was announced in February 2018) was tremendously anticipated by fans of John Williams all around the world–the concert would have been his first on the European soil after twenty years (his last concert happened indeed in London in 1998 with the LSO). Admirers from all corners of Europe and even from other continents booked flights, hotels and tickets to not miss the event. The orchestra, the Royal Albert Hall management and the composer himself were also anticipating with thrill what promised to be a once-in-a-lifetime evening. The occasion was all the more special because of the true “special relationship” between Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra and, as producer Mike Matessino wrote on the concert’s program notes, with the London music scene in general, a love affair that goes back since the late 1960s, when Williams ended up living and working in the city for several projects.

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