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Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is Being Released on Limited Edition Vinyl >>

Despite the ceaseless hubbub over Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a copious level of marketing continues to be in effect for the much-maligned Star Wars prequel series. Despite a mass panning of George Lucas's pet trilogy, the luscious scores that adorned the films (composed by the incomparable John Williams) are still in high demand. Fans of the music can now buy the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and pre-order the Star Wars: Attack of the Clones OST on the timeless medium: vinyl. While Disney has recently released the complete set, the label I AM SHARK has announced that their offer will mark the first time the films are available on limited edition vinyl.

Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke & New York Pops Bring 'Star Wars' to Carnegie Hall >>

The New York Pops are set to take center stage at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage April 8, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. to perform The Music of John Williams: From Spielberg to Star Wars. Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke will lead the orchestra in a celebration of the work of the legendary film composer, with a strong focus on his collaborations with Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg.

Lucasfilm Confirms John Williams Will Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

New York Pops Presents Music of John Williams: Star Wars, Jurassic Park, ET & More at Carnegie Hall >>

The music of 'Star Wars' is as iconic as the movies themselves. Well, maybe not “Jedi Rocks” from the 1997 re-released version of 'Return of the Jedi,' but the Classic John Williams stuff. The good folks at Carnegie Hall seem to agree. The New York Pops will be honoring the famed conductor/composer in an all new concert, The Music of John Williams: From Spielberg to Star Wars. Under the direction of conductor Steven Reineke, the NY Pops will be performing some of Williams classic’s from 'Jurassic Park,' 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' and everything 'Star Wars' from 'A New Hope' to 'Force Awakens.'

 Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone & John Williams Among Oscar 2016 Contenders for Best Original Score >>

Oscar nominations have hit and to no one's surprise 'The Revenant' could be this year's top earner with 12 nominations in its corner. However the list also includes, more importantly, Ennio Morricone's score for 'The Hateful Eight,' John Williams' score for 'Star Wars' and Thomas Newman's score for 'Bridge of Spies' all contending for Best Original Score; and David Lang's "Simple Song #3" competing in the Best Original Song category.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel At San Diego Comic Con - Comic-Con International 2015

John Williams Reveals Why Each 'Star Wars' Character Received Theme Music >>

There are plenty on nuances in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" that are telling of characters and their back stories. Perhaps none more telling is John Williams' underlying score that provides a unique insight into each persona through theme music.

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Presents 'Behind The Score: The Art Of The Film Composer'

'Star Wars,' Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Opening-Closing Titles >>

In this round of promotion for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, its been revealed that Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted the famous opening and ending titles to the film. The music was composed by none other than John Williams and has been featured in each movie.

Natalie Portman

Portman Hosts, Dudamel Conducts John Williams with L.A. Phil >>

On Friday, July 24th at 9 p.m. on PBS, Natalie Portman will host the Los Angeles Philharmonic's gala celebration of John Williams--one of the greatest film composers of all time.

Violinist Owen Pallett Worries Oscar Win for Best Original Score (with Arcade Fire, for Spike Jonze's 'her') Will Kill Canada's Indie Cred >>

A proper Canadian, Pallett did not receive the information well, feeling a bit unnerved by the news and terrified of becoming, quote, "the most overrated Canadian in the eyes of Canadians."

John Williams, Owen Pallett, Arcade Fire Listed Among the 2014 Oscar Nominees for Best Score >>

While most movie fans sit on the edge of their seats waiting to see if Leo FINALLY wins that long overdue Academy Award for Wolf of Wall Street, the scores behind the films, thankfully, have their own place in the winners' circle.

Salzburg's Mozart Distillerie Refines "Mozart Chocolate Cream" for 60th Anniversary >>

Do you like your Mozart sweet and intoxicating? Here you are...just don't drive afterwards!

Movie Scores with Live Orchestras Flood the Festivals and Halls of New York, Chicago, Indiana and Virginia >>

More and more U.S. orchestras are playing famous movie scores while the movie is shown above. But is this a positive or negative development in symphonic music?

Richard Strauss' 150th Anniversary: Celebrations of Note in 2014 >>

We are barely through Richard Wagner's 200th anniversary, and already, ensembles are gearing up for the sesquicentennial of one of his most famous disciples--Richard Strauss.

Lucasfilm Confirms John Williams Will Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Lucasfilm Confirms John Williams Will Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII' >>

Over the weekend, at the Star Wars Celebration Europe in Germany, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that--one more time, with extra feeling--John Williams will be scoring the next installment of the 'Star Wars' franchise.

Prince William & Kate Middleton

The Column: A Classical Playlist for the Royal Baby…and Its Parents >>

Suddenly, all of my various social media bits and pieces, and a good deal of my Gmail inbox, are screaming at me that Princess Catherine (Kate, as she's known to most people who have never met her and aren't really on good enough terms to be that informal) is in "labour."

The Column: Great Scores by Classical Film Composers

The Column: Great Scores by Classical Film Composers >>

James Inverne on when film music turns classical, and classical music turns towards film.

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