Markings for Anne-Sophie Mutter

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will premiere Markings, for solo violin, string orchestra and harp, a new work composed expressly for her by John Williams. Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony, will conduct the BSO in a program that also features Tchaikovsky’ violin concerto and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique. Tickets to this performance, as well as an open rehearsal the morning of July 15, go on sale January 23. Mutter has for some time been asking Williams to compose a work for her. “He wrote a beautiful violin concerto in the 1970s,” she told The Wall Street Journal in 2015. “What he could bring to a new composition now is just tremendous.”

Elsewhere on the Tanglewood schedule, Williams will conduct music from Jurassic Park, Minority Report and Jaws at the August 1 Tanglewood on Parade concert. For the annual Film Night at Tanglewood event on August 19, Williams will conduct music from the Harry Potter films, E.T., Far and Away and Lincoln, while Nelsons will lead music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Bernard Herrmann and Alex North. On June 18, Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in a live-to-picture presentation of Jaws, and on August 25 Lockhart and the Boston Pops present a live performance of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

John Williams salutes Vin Scully

On Friday, September 23, John Williams will conduct musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a special arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner during pre-game ceremonies at Dodger Stadium honoring retiring play-by-announcer Vin Scully.

Williams conducts Force Awakens music at the Hollywood Bowl

On Labor Day weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 2–4), John Williams made 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 led the Philharmonic in other film music favorites, including Williams’ theme from Sabrina.