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John Williams!
I saw him conduct the Eastman Orchestra (Eastman School of Music / University of Rochester) at Eastman Theater yesterday. It was awesome! There were 8 pieces on the program, the most recognizable being themes from 1941, Hook, Schindler's List, and E.T. For encores they played themes from Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He was also presented with an honorary degree as Doctor of Music from the U of R.

All the music sounded just like it would in a soundtrack from the movie on CD - and these are college students performing it! In fact, I discovered that the principal trombonist for the orchestra was a guy I had played with in high school band (I played euphonium - sat with the trombones). That's damn cool.


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