John Williams – Japan 2023
John Williams will turn 91-year-old, tomorrow, February 8, 2023, and despite his age, he continues as active as ever: he will be conducting the Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan on September 2, 2023, at the 32nd edition of the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival.
Maestro John Williams, who has been a steadfast friend of maestro Seiji Ozawa for over 50 years, will conduct SKO at the Matsumoto City Concert Hall. The full program will be announced at a later date, but will include iconic film music masterpieces from Star Wars, E.T., and Harry Potter among others.
The bond between Ozawa and Williams dates back to when Ozawa was the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In the 1970s, when Williams had already established himself as a composer with many masterpieces, it was Ozawa who encouraged him to conduct and invited him in 1979 to take up the baton with the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, June 10 here:
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