Program Details

John Williams:  "Close Encounters" with a Musical Genius - Boca Raton

Robert Wyatt
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Course Description

In a career that spans five decades, John Williams has become one of America's most accomplished and successful composers for film and the concert stage. Mr. Williams has composed the music and served as music director for more than one hundred films. His 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood's most acclaimed and successful films, including "Schindler's List," "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial," "Jaws," "Jurassic Park," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," and "Saving Private Ryan," to name just a few. In this lively program, pianist, raconteur, and American music specialist Robert Wyatt celebrates the life and works of John Williams. So fasten your seatbelts… it's going to be a fabulous ride!

About the Instructor

  • Steinway artist, Robert Wyatt has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Featured on NPR and PBS broadcasts, Wyatt has also performed at the Kennedy Center, The Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, Steinway Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and Boston’s Jordan Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts. He has been a lecture/recitalist for the Smithsonian Institution for thirty years and as a Smithsonian Scholar, Wyatt has presented musical programs under the sponsorship of the Ford Foundation. His book, "The George Gershwin Reader," was published by Oxford University Press in 2004.