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Legendary Composer John Williams Turns 90 Today

Showing no signs of slowing down, the world’s most famous film composer, John Williams turns 90 years old!

Already a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, the nine-decade old musician will revisit the Washington landmark on June 23 for what the National Symphony Orchestra is billing as a “90th birthday gala concert” featuring violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and longtime filmmaking partner Steven Spielberg. To quote Spielberg when he presented Williams with the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: “Without John Williams, bikes don’t really fly, nor do brooms in Quidditch matches, nor do men in red capes. There is no Force. Dinosaurs do not walk the earth. We do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe. John, you breathe belief into every film we have made.”

Seventeen of Williams’ 52 Oscar nominations (an all-time record for scoring) are for Spielberg films, including three of his five wins (“Jaws,” “E.T.,” “Schindler”).

Williams’ has been writing music for films and TV since 1958, an unprecedented six-decade run.

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Author: Al Denté

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