John Williams – Tanglewood On Parade 2022

On Tuesday, August 2, 2022, the traditional annual day of family fun “Tanglewood on Parade” was celebrated at the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC). The event included activities through the day that ended with a concert performed by the BSO, Boston Pops, and TMC Orchestra, with world-renowned conductors like John Williams, followed by a brilliant fireworks display.

John Williams - Tanglewood On Parade 2022


At this concert, John Williams made his first appearance of the summer leading music from Harry Potter and his 2015 composition ‘Just down west street… on the left’. Following, you can watch a video of Williams conducting “Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter” (6m 28s):


Additionally, a video of Thomas Wilkins conducting the Ukrainian National Anthem with opening remarks (4m 30s):



  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Boston Pops Orchestra
  • Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
  • Thomas Adès, Stefan Asbury, JoAnn Falletta, Thomas Wilkins, and John Williams, conductors



  • HINDEMITH – Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (cond. JoAnn Falletta)
  • WILLIAMS – JUST DOWN WEST STREET…on the left (cond. John Williams)
  • RAVEL – La Valse, Poème choréographique (cond. Thomas Adès)
  • ABREU (arr. DRAGON) – Tico-Tico no fubá (cond. Thomas Wilkins)
  • RAKSIN – Laura (cond. Thomas Wilkins)
  • BERNSTEIN (arr. RAMIN) – “America,” from West Side Story (cond. Thomas Wilkins)
  • WILLIAMS – Potter Triptych (Hedwig’s Theme – Fawkes the Phoenix – Harry’s Wondrous World) (cond. John Williams)
  • VERBYTSKY (arr. Reshetilov) – Ukrainian National Anthem (cond. Thomas Wilkins)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY – 1812 Overture (cond. Stefan Asbury)
  • NOTE: Fireworks immediately following the program


Full program (PDF):


More information:


Here you can read more about “JUST DOWN WEST STREET…on the left” written by John Williams for the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as a birthday gift for the TMC’s 75th anniversary in 2015:

“JOHN WILLIAMS (b. 1932) wrote JUST DOWN WEST STREET…on the left for the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra as a birthday gift for the TMC’s 75th anniversary in 2015. He says of the piece, “JUST DOWN WEST STREET…on the left offers a simple directional guide from the monument in Lenox, and it is also the title of this little piece from which, I hope, the players of the TMC Orchestra might derive some small pleasure. It is also my hope that it might offer them a modest opportunity to remind us all of how lucky we are to have them.” This brief work joins the ranks of the concerto for orchestra genre, showcasing the special qualities of each orchestral section and, as the composer suggests, giving each performer something fun to play.”


John Williams will (quite probably) return to Tanglewood, but this time as a special guest, on August 20, 2022, for the concert ‘John Williams – The Tanglewood 90th Birthday Celebration’: