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Untitled choral work
For its centennial celebration, the Juilliard School announced that has commissioned John Williams to write a brief a cappella choral work to be premiered on April 6, 2006 by the Juilliard Choral Union at Alice Tully Hall.  A revised concert announcement does not mention Williams' participation.

Untitled opera project
Plácido Domingo, the new director of Los Angeles Opera, announced in September of 2001 that John Williams would create an opera for the company to be premiered during the 2004-2005 season. Williams was surprised to read this in the press, as he had made no formal commitment to such a project, although Domingo has commissioned novelist Michael Walsh to create a treatment of an unnamed literary work.  

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Munich
Williams' fourth film score of 2005 was for his most recent collaboration with Steven Spielberg.

Memoirs of a Geisha
Williams' third film score of 2005 was for Rob Marshall's adaptation of Arthur Golden's novel.

War of the Worlds
Williams's first 2005 collaboration with Steven Spielberg, an adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel of the same name starring Tom Cruise.

Revenge of the Sith
Williams recorded his score for the sixth and final Star Wars film wiht the London Symphony Orchestra in February 2005.

The Terminal
After finishing his score for the third Harry Potter film, Williams composed a score for his most recent collaboration with director Steven Spielberg.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Before traveling to Chicago to premiere his horn concerto, Williams flew to London to view a rough cut of the newest Harry Potter film.  He subsequently composed the score, which was recorded in London in March of 2004.

Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra commissioned Williams to write a concerto for the orchestra's principal horn player, Dale Clevenger.  Williams recently put the finishing touches on the work, which received its premiere at Chicago's Symphony Center on November 29, with a repeat performance on December 2.

Soundings
Williams composed a new five-movement work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in commemoration of their new performance venue, Walt Disney Concert Hall. Williams conducted the premiere on October 25, 2003.  The piece includes a theme that will be used by the Disney Hall carillon during every concert to alert patrons to take their seats.

Catch Me If You Can
Williams composed the score for Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio.  The film was released on December 25, 2002.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Williams composed music for the second installment in the Harry Potter series.  He viewed a rough cut in London in late May and began composing the score June 3 in Los Angeles.  Williams composed new themes for the film and about 40 minutes of the score, while composer William Ross adapted Williams' themes for the rest of the required music.  The film was released on November 15, 2002.

Minority Report
Williams has composed the music for Steven Spielberg's latest film, Minority Report, a futuristic thriller based on a 1956 Philip K. Dick short story of the same name.  The film was released on June 21, 2002.

Attack of the Clones
Williams composed 110 minutes of music for the fifth Star Wars film (chronologically, the second episode), Attack of the Clones.  He recorded the score in January of 2002 in London with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Voices.  A soundtrack album was released on April 23, 2002 by Sony Classical.  The film opened in the United States on May 16.

Call of the Champions
Williams composed a five-minute work for orchestra and chorus, Call of the Champions, that served as the official theme of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.  The composer recorded the work on November 27, 2001 in Abravenel Hall with the Utah Symphony and the 350-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  That recording is now available on the Sony Classical CD American Journey, along with several other previously unrecorded compositions. On February 8, 2002 (his 70th birthday) Williams appeared at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Games, performing the work with the same chorus and orchestra (although the worldwide television audience heard the recorded version of the music).   

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
John Williams composed the score for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a film adaptation of the first in a series of Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling. Chris Columbus directed the film, which was released on November 16, 2001. Williams composed the music last spring and summer at Tanglewood and recorded it in London between August 28 and September 12, 2001. He also wrote original music for the film's two trailers. Contrary to his usual practice, Williams read the book on which the film was based and said he "loved it."  Williams' contribution to the annual Tanglewood on Parade benefit concert on July 31, 2001 was a preview of music from the film, a performance of "Hedwig's Theme."  Williams has also composed a nine-movement "Children's Suite"  based upon themes from the score, each of which highlights a different section of the orchestra in the manner of Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; this suite was also recorded at the September sessions at London's Air Lyndhurst recording studios. The soundtrack album, featuring over 70 minutes of the 142 minutes of music Williams composed for the film and a few selections from the concert suite, was released on October 30, 2001.


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