Scor­ing with Wil­liams

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya Mac­naughton The Mu­sic of John Wil­liams Perth Con­cert Hall July 28 and 29

IF va­ri­ety is the spice of life, then revered Amer­i­can film com­poser John Wil­liams has filled the whole spice rack, scor­ing more than 100 movies from Star Wars, ET, Su­per­man and Jaws to Harry Pot­ter, In­di­ana Jones, Juras­sic Park and Schindler’s List.

WASO will hon­our this tal­ent in the orches­tra’s sec­ond Pops Series con­cert for 2017, The Mu­sic of John Wil­liams: The Orig­i­nal Movie Sound­tracks, at Perth Con­cert Hall on July 28 and 29.

The per­for­mances will bring one of WASO’S favourite guest con­duc­tors, Guy No­ble, back to Perth to lead the pro­gram fol­low­ing a re­la­tion­ship with the orches­tra that be­gan in 1999 at a Cottes­loe Beach mil­len­nium con­cert.

“The last John Wil­liams con­cert I did was in Hong Kong and it’s al­ways nice to re­visit the works,” No­ble said.

“There’s so much mu­sic of all dif­fer­ent gen­res from dif­fer­ent films and the mu­sic he’s or­ches­trated just works so well for an orches­tra to play live.

“There is a grandeur about them and if you’re par­tic­u­larly down in the dumps, your mood just im­proves af­ter lis­ten­ing to them; like it’s big­ger than nor­mal life and that’s the ex­cit­ing thing about per­form­ing it live with an orches­tra. It’s a very heroic even­ing.”

No­ble said he still felt a thrill ev­ery time he con­ducted the huge B-flat ma­jor chord in the open­ing of Star Wars, the fly­ing theme from ET and the suite from Close En­coun­ters.

“There will be a lot of the big stuff but then some smaller themes like from Schindler’s List and even a solo from Lin­coln, which is quite re­cent,” No­ble said.

“John Wil­liams said he was hon­oured to score the film about this great Amer­i­can pres­i­dent. I don’t think they’ll be mak­ing a film called Trump; if they did, it would prob­a­bly be a dark com­edy.” WHAT: WHERE: WHEN: TICK­ETS:

Guy No­ble.

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