Written by Anrev
Published on August 9, 2002
John Williams Concert
- July 28th, 2002
Blossom Theater, Cleveland
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how the John Williams Concert went. It was great! He started off with "Sound the Bells" (written for the royal wedding of the Crown Princess Masako of Japan). Then there were excerpts from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". Then selections from "American Journey" which was written for Steven Spielberg film "The Unfinished Journey". About this time John was getting pretty hot so he removed his bow tie to the delight of the crowd. They then played two peices from "Angela's Ashes". And last before intermission was "Adventures on Earth" from "ET". I overheard several regulars to the Blossom Theater say that this was the biggest crowd they had ever seen there. The Pavillion holds 5000 people and the grass can handle another 15000.
We sat in the Palvillion in the 6th row just to the right of center. What a view! To watch the man in action was one of the highlights. After intermission, he started off with "Flight to Neverland" from "Hook". Then there were selections from "Far and Away" and then the suite from "Harry Potter". He said he was currently working on the score for the next Harry Potter movie.
And finally we got to the REALLY good stuff. "Across the Stars" was first and didn't seem to be recognized by most of the people around us. But as soon as the "Main Title" from "Star Wars" started there was a roar from the crowd. I had goose bumps and tears at the same time! This was at the end of the Concert.
Mr. Williams was very gracious and gave us three encores. He started with "Indiana Jones", then the "NBC Theme" and finally "Stars and Stripes Forever". The last really got the crowd going. Unfortunately they were not allowing anyone back to the Green Room, so no autographs. We all got out of there just in time as a big line of thunder storms rolled through. But we had a Great time!