14. Mai. 2006, 6:15
We left the hotel around 6:15pm and got to Lincoln Center around 6:30pm. So we had about a half hour until we could find our seats and an hour before the performance started. But once it did… OMG!! Let me just say that it was absolutely AMAZING! There really are no words to describe it!! I still can’t believe that I was actually there and able to experience that!! *sigh*
Anyway, so the first half of the performance was narrated by Martin Scorsese and was a tribute to Bernard Herrmann. The first piece was “Death Hunt” from On Dangerous Ground (1950) then John introduced Martin and he talked about the various pieces throughout the first half of the performance. They played “The Inquirer” from Citizen Kane (1940), “Ballad of Springfield Mountain” from The Devil and Daniel Webster (1940), “Gallop: The Whip” from Currier and Ives Suite (1935). Then they did “Scene d’amour” from Vertigo (1958) and Music from Psycho (1960) with film. That was really cool… especially the shower scene. Then they did 2 selections from Taxi Driver (1975) with film. That was really cool because Martin Scorsese had directed that movie and he was telling us that the last day they were putting the music to the movie they had a little problem with the ending. Martin didn’t like the way it sounded so Bernard Herrmann told him to play it backwards and walked out. So they did and it worked perfectly, but that night Bernard died in his sleep. It was sad, but then they did a collage of music and film from all the Alfred Hitchcock films Bernard had scored. It was great. Psycho, The Birds, and North by Northwest are the three that I can remember, but it was really cool.
Intermission was only about 15 minutes so my Mom and I didn’t go anywhere, though of course we had to be seated next to a group of people that had to get up and leave one at a time so we were up and down and up and down. It was rather annoying, but THEN came the one part of the night I had been waiting to see FOREVER!!
The Steven Spielberg/John Williams Collaboration!!!! Hosted by Steven Spielberg! *sigh* Well, they started with the well known theme to Jaws. That was funny. As soon as the theme started everyone started laughing. It was great. The John introduced Steven and he started to talk about how long he’s known John and what a great man he is. They’ve been friends for 35 years and they’ve done 22 films together. Which I think is so cool. Then they did “Out to Sea/Shark Fugue” from Jaws (1975) and then Steven talked about how John made Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) believable. And how he found that 4 notes would work for the “hello” basically. It was cool. Then they of course played excerpts from it. Schindler’s List (1993) came next. That was very good and Steven said how John was right on with what he wanted, but then again he said he always is. He also said he has NO idea where John gets this stuff from and we all laughed and cheered. It was great.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) was next!!!! Yay!!! So Steven got up and John sat down in his seat and Steven started talking about how music makes or breaks a movie and it’s just as important as what is actually going on on the screen. So he decided that he was going to show the clip from the movie with no music. He said he was nervous because it would be like standing in front of all of NYC naked. LoL. So he showed the clip of the beginning of the movie where Indy is leaving the caves and then gets on the train and escapes. Well, 2 seconds in he turns to us and goes “Wow, look, I’m bored already!” We all started laughing. And honestly it was really boring. I absolutely love that movie and I was quoting the whole part, but it was lacking something HUGE!! So after we watched that whole part John got up and they ran it again, but this time with the orchestra playing along to the film. It was AWESOME. I was so focused on the screen that I actually forgot they were playing the music for it on stage. It was that amazing!!
Then they did E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) with film. It was the entire ending from when they steal the van at the house to where E.T.’s ship takes off and the credits roll. It was amazing. When E.T. made them fly everyone started clapping. It was great!! Sadly that was the last piece, BUT… then there was the ENCORE!!!
Encore!! After some extensive clapping… of course… Steven left and then John called him back and had him sit down again and the first piece of the encore was “Prayer for Peace” from Munich. That was so great. Steven looked surprised and happy. Then there was a lot more clapping so of course another piece had to be played. So John picked up the mic and said “George Lucas isn’t here…” break for cheering and clapping “…but we’re gonna play it anyway!!” And so started The Main Theme from Star Wars. To say that was amazing would be degrading it. There are NO words to describe just how awesome that was!! I was like OMG!!! My Mom and I were like 2 little kids! (Well we had been for the whole Steven Spielberg/John Williams half, but ya know!) LoL. The of course there was WAYYYY more clapping and cheering, so the third piece was the NBC News Theme end credit music that he had composed. That was really cool. So after that more clapping/cheering and he picked up the mic again and was like “Wow you guys are a great crowd, but this is going to be our last piece. I am extremely thankful and grateful that I have had the opportunity to perform in front of such a wonderful group. I thank you all.” We were all like WOO HOO AWWW! LoL. They performed a piece that John had compiled from West Side Story for Leonard Bernstein’s 70th Birthday Tribute. It was really cool too. All in all the encore lasted 40 minutes. It was awesome!!
I really can’t believe that I had the opportunity to see him… AND Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, though I wasn’t nearly as excited about him as John and Steven. *sigh* My favorite composer and director together. It was amazing. I really hope I can see him in concert again though I don’t think I will. I’m just really thankful to have been able to see him. It was a dream come true!!