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John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra

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John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in history, including those for Jaws, Star Wars saga, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones films, Jurassic Park, Hook, Schindler’s List, and Harry Potter 1-3. In addition, he has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, and numerous television series and concert pieces. He served as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993, and is now the orchestra’s laureate conductor.

Williams is a five-time winner of the Academy Award.[1] With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney.[2] He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.
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* 1 Early life and family
* 2 Film scoring
* 3 Conducting and performing
* 4 Pop culture references
* 5 Notable compositions
o 5.1 Film scores
o 5.2 The Olympics
o 5.3 Television themes
o 5.4 Concerti
o 5.5 Celebration pieces and other concert works
* 6 Awards
o 6.1 Grammy awards
o 6.2 Golden Globe Awards
o 6.3 Emmy Awards
o 6.4 Academy Award Nominations (excluding wins)
* 7 Media
* 8 See also
* 9 References
* 10 External links

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