Experience a concert of works by legendary composer, “John Williams Premiere at Tanglewood” on GREAT PERFORMANCES – Feb. 19 at 5:30 pm

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Great Performances presents:

Sunday, February 19 at 5:30 pm


Recorded in July from the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home, Great Performances: A John Williams Premiere at Tanglewood is conducted by both BSO music director Andris Nelsons and Williams. The concert features virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mütter performing the debut of Williams’ new concerto, as well as performances of Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City,” Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird” and “Starburst” by Jessie Montgomery, composer-violinist-educator and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s newest composer-in-residence.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams and Andris Nelsons with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Anne-Sophie Mutter, John Williams, Andris Nelsons
photo credit: Hilary Scott

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