John Williams to compose new piece for Obama's inaugural ceremony.

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  1. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

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    jwfan.com reports



    "Musical Selection by composer/arranger John Williams with Itzhak Perlman, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Gabriela Montero, piano; and Anthony McGill, clarinet"



    So we're in for a treat. :D
  2. General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus

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    Oh, great. I guess that rules out the '85 Bears reunion performance of Super Bowl Shuffle I was banking on...
  3. Darth_Vader-Anakin Jedi Master

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    Someone in the Obama camp has good taste! I'm curious to hear what he comes up with.
  4. Darth_Vader-Anakin Jedi Master

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    Apparently, the piece will be book ended by Williams' composition, but the heart of the piece will be the traditional Shaker hymn "The Gift to Be Simple," which Copland used in "Appalachian Spring." The piece will run about 4.5 minutes.

    Here's the rest of the article. It's a nice read: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117998645.html?categoryid=16&cs=1
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  6. Robi-Wan Force Ghost

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    Wow, that was truly a nice piece! I really liked it, a lot.
  7. Trika_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    I rather liked it, and would definitely like to hear it again. Watching Yo-Yo Ma play is so much fun... that performance is still very fresh in my mind.
  8. Cerrabore Jedi Master

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  9. Miana Kenobi Costuming & Props Mod - Retired Admin

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    Nicely done. I did kinda miss the big fanfare that the song usually ends with, but it was still great.
  10. halibut Chosen One

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    Shame it was only a recording

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/obama_inauguration/7846472.stm

  11. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    It's not like they can't play it, though.o_O

    The conditions were terrible, and I commend their foresight.
  12. Jedi Gunny Yahtzee Host

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    Well, I understand why they would use a recording instead of actually playing; you really wouldn't want to play an instrument in weather like that.
  13. stradman Jedi Knight

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    That type of weather would totally destroy string instruments. It was the only thing they could do.
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