It has been reported that John Williams, prolific composer of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Superman The Movie, and dozens of other film and television productions, has cancelled conducting concerts of his music in London and Vienna, citing a “last-minute illness.” There are no details as to the cause or severity of his current condition.
Mr. Williams, 86, was to appear at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra on Friday. His replacement will be Dirk Brossé, who will be conducting music from Williams’s soundtracks, including E.T., Jaws, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. His concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic scheduled for the 3rd and 4th of November have been cancelled.
In a statement issued by his agent, Mr. Williams “… is so sorry that an illness prevents him from conducting Friday’s concert, and he’s grateful to his friend Maestro Dirk Brossé for taking the podium in his place.
“He so wishes he could be with everyone, and the knowledge that 5,000 of his friends will be joining together to celebrate his music is a great comfort to him as he recovers. He wishes everyone a very joyous evening of music.”