John Williams
John Williams

Potter composer receives Kennedy Center Honor

  December 6, 2004 at 9:01 AM ET
  Geri     The Leaky Cauldron
  john williams, harry potter composer


Yesterday evening Harry Potter composer John Williams receivedopens in new window a Kennedy Center Honoropens in new window for being "one of the most influential American composers of the past four decades." The Honors Gala will be broadcast later this month on CBS as a two-hour prime time special.

Mr. Williams was given his award by director Steven Spielberg who commented that:

"Sometimes I think the reason I make so many movies is just to keep John writing only for my films, pretending I have captured the lightning in my bottle. John Williams is a national treasure -- he's as American as apple pie and President Bush's mom(!) If a director can tell a one-hanky story, John Williams' scores are guaranteed to make you use the whole Kleenex box."

His upcoming projects include Star Wars, War of the Worlds & Memoirs of a Geisha so he will not be working on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Thanks to Donna for the tip.

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