Friday 19 July

A Tribute to John Williams

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

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The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the greatest living film composer – the incomparable John Williams – and the composers who influenced him. Get set for an unforgettable evening of movie masterpieces.

Among the legendary trailblazers who defined the symphonic sound of Hollywood in the 1940s that Williams would later resurrect, were Erich Wolfgang Korngold (the blazing trumpet fanfare of Kings Row and lilting, string-saturated Love Theme from The Adventures of Robin Hood), Miklós Rózsa (the brass-rich, fantasia of The Thief of Baghdad) and Max Steiner – who can forget the aching, bittersweet romance of Now Voyager?

Alfred Newman’s busy, bustling Airport, mimicked by Williams in his own delightfully ersatz 1970s, jazz-infused score for Catch Me if You Can, provide a more contemporary voice.

There’s heart-rending compassion in Williams’ exquisitely haunting Theme from Schindler’s List, with its moving dialogue between keening cor anglais and sweetly supportive violin backed by luxuriously soft and cossetting orchestral accompaniment.

And then there are the iconic scores that triumphantly returned the sound of a symphony orchestra to the Hollywood soundtrack: the relentless liquid rhythm and menacing motion of Jaws, the spine-stiffening, hair-raising March from Raiders of the Lost Ark, the excitable adventure, romance and soaring central theme of E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, and the beguiling innocence and magical ebb and flow of ‘Harry’s Wondrous World’ from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

No John Williams concert would be complete without the glory and grandeur of Star Wars with its blazing brass, poetic strings, other-worldly woodwinds and ominous percussion. A masterpiece by a master of his art.