In a career spanning more than five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage, and he remains one of North America’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices. He has composed the music for more than 100 films, including all eight Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, Memoirs of a Geisha, Home Alone, and The Book Thief. His 45-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including Schindler’s
List, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, Saving Private Ryan, Lincoln, The BFG, and The Post.
Mr. Williams has composed themes for four Olympic Games. He served as music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra for 14 seasons and remains their Laureate Conductor. He has composed numerous works for the concert stage including two symphonies, and concertos commissioned by many of America’s most prominent orchestras.
Mr. Williams has received five Academy Awards® and 51 Oscar® nominations (making him the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars), seven British Academy Awards, 24 GRAMMY® Awards, four Golden Globes, and five Emmys. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the IOC’s highest honour) for his contributions to the Olympic movement. In 2004, he received the Kennedy Center Honors, and in 2009 he received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the US Government. In 2016, he received the 44th Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute—the first time a composer was honoured with this award.
After watching Jaws on Friday Night at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra we were reminded of Williams artistry. His Jaws score is indeed synonymous with a psychopathic Great White and also a wonderful snapshot into a far less complicated time. Decades later we still squirm in our seats and think ‘Get off the boat!’ as we get lost in the haunting waves of the orchestral arrangements.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra drew the audience into the big screen while providing us with the best of giggles, terror and swooning moments as the musicians elevated Steven Spielberg’s iconic film. It was truly a wonderful night out – with cold drinks and hot popcorn in hand.
Keep your eyes peeled for more one of a kind performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra this Spring 2018.