Williams to conduct Force Awakens music at the Hollywood Bowl

This weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 2–4), John Williams makes his annual appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in selections from The Force Awakens and other films in the Star Wars saga — along with the West Coast premiere of his Suite from The BFG. On the first half of the program, conductor David Newman leads the Philharmonic in other film music favorites.

Signature Edition scores on sale

A current sale on orchestral music and scores at online retailer Sheet Music Plus applies to all of the John Williams Signature Edition scores and orchestral parts, providing savings of 20% over list prices. This includes the newest addition, John Williams’ Suite from The Force Awakens (Hal Leonard 4491706).

Guitarist Meng Su records Rounds and “Avner’s Theme”

Guitarist Meng Su’s first solo CD, Meng (Tonar Music TON-CD-MENG), features a recording of John Williams’ 2012 work for solo guitar, Rounds, as well as a sonata by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (with whom Williams studied composition during the 1950s) and works of J.S. Bach, Francisco Tárrega and William Walton. According to The Baltimore Sun, she “brings a particularly sensitive touch to a darkly beautiful theme from John Williams’ Munich film score” (“Avner’s Theme”).