This coming Friday, world-renowned film composer John Williams was set to play a concert celebrating his own work with the famous London Symphony Orchestra. Sadly, the Royal Albert Hall has notified concertgoers via their website that Williams will no longer be able to make that concert thanks to a last-minute illness.
The site states in spite of his illness, he wishes for the concert to go ahead, and in his place, his friend Dirk Brossé will be taking over conducting duties. While undoubtedly disappointing to Williams fans, Brossé is a veteran conductor in his own right — and at the young and tender age of 58. Here’s what Williams’ management had to say:
“John is so sorry that an illness prevents him from conducting Friday’s concert, and he’s grateful to his friend Maestro Dirk Brossé for taking the podium in his place. He so wishes he could be with everyone, and the knowledge that 5,000 of his friends will be joining together to celebrate his music is a great comfort to him as he recovers. He wishes everyone a very joyous evening of music.”
There is no word on what his illness is or if it’s a long-term or short-term problem. Fingers crossed that it’s the latter.
Of course, Williams is held in high regard by many of us film geeks. He shaped many a childhood with his scores of such classics as the Star Wars films, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and a whole lot more. Williams is currently set to finish out his work on the Star Wars franchise next year with Episode IX.
We know it doesn’t count for much these days, but be sure to send out your thoughts and prayers for the man.
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SOURCE: Royal Albert Hall