The John Williams Experience

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He’s received five Academy Awards & forty-eight nominations, making him the Academy’s second most nominated person in the history of the Oscars.  He’s had a forty year artistic partnership with Stephen Spielberg & he penned the themes from Star Wars, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Memoirs of a Giesha, Lincoln, just to name a tiny few.  & until you see him live with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra you you can’t appreciate the power of his music live.

We have rarely missed one of his appearances here & I have to admit to tears in my eyes as I watch him paired with his iconic music & our iconic symphony.  No matter how many times we attend, we still stand up five or six times a performance, demanding encore after encore until he has to beg to be let go!   We have to remember he is 81!!

We had front row seats for his performance with Yo-Yo Ma for selections from Memoirs of a Giesha.  It was thrilling to listen in to their comments to each other & feel the tremendous connection between those two & all the other musicians.  As a bandleader myself, there is nothing more important than this relationship with my musicians.