Lincoln (movie, 2012)

John Williams makes electrifying return to BSO, shares podium with Marin Alsop

John Williams makes electrifying return to BSO, shares podium with Marin Alsop

Five years ago, supernaturally prolific film composer John Williams made his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut, conducting a program of his music that had the audience responding with rock concert-level roars. On Wednesday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, a second close encounter of the Williams kind set off the same kinetic reaction.

The packed venue showered the 86-year-old composer with ovation after ovation throughout the concert, then carried on at the end until the house lights were finally turned on and the orchestra left the stage.

Those players seemed to have as much fun all night as the folks in the hall, responding with terrific...

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