The Music of John Williams concerts have become big holiday hits at Powell Hall. Part of what makes them special is that with John Williams, mostly you think you know what you’re getting, but then you come to a concert and discover music you didn’t think belonged under the John Williams brand. He’s been making music for a long time and for many different audiences: spiky atonal music for an early Robert Altman film and the soaring Coplandesque harmonies to be found in any number of Steven Spielberg movies–those are both John Williams.
This weekend you’ll be able to hear saxophonist Nathan Nabb play music from Spielberg’s film Catch Me If You Can. He’s joined by Principal Percussion Will James on vibraphone. It is one smokin’ piece, and delightfully unexpected.