Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Movie Music of John Williams

This past Sunday, Sonshine and I had ourselves a date. We traveled across the metroplex (thank goodness it was Sunday) to the Allen Performing Arts Center to hear the Dallas Wind Symphony perform music that John Williams composed for various movies, in addition to the Liberty Fanfare he wrote for the re-dedication of the Statue if Liberty back in 1986.

His most famous piece is probably the Star Wars theme even though it is not his first movie collaboration. (For your listening pleasure:)

We also heard:

"Out to Sea" and "The Shark Cage Fugue" from JAWS.
The Superman March
"Victor's Tale" from The Terminal
"Adventures on Earth" from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
"Harry's Wondrous World" from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
"Hymn to the Fallen" from Saving Private Ryan
The Midway March
"The Adventures of Mutt" from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crustal Skull

Sonshine and I both enjoyed it tremendously. I was hoping he'd be a bit more inspired with his own music, but, alas, while he was suitably impressed with the music, it wasn't enough to make him break out the French horn when we got home.

The Allen PAC was part of a regular old high school. A gorgeous performing arts high school. It's a beautiful facility and sported a radio station, a couple of TV studios, a culinary arts wing, and a 644 member band! I wish Sonshine could attend a school like that. Ah, well...

Done anything fun with your kid/s recently?


Regina Richards said...

The music date sounds wonderful.

Last night I got to go see my daughter get several academic awards. That was fun!

Jen FitzGerald said...

Yay, for your daughter!!