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Ten O'Clock News; John Williams interview


Interview with Boston Pops conductor John Williams in back room at Symphony Hall. He compares the repertoires and missions of the Pops versus the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He speaks about his possible plans for expanding the repertoire of the orchestra, the types of music they might adapt, and the changes it would require. He says he doesn't want to use Pops as a place to showcase his own work. He laughs about kids always asking why he doesn't play Star Wars. He discusses his future involvement with Pops and staying in Boston. They shoot cutaways with no audio. Lydon reasks questions, with audio.

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Ten O'Clock News

John Williams interview

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Broadcast program

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Boston Pops Orchestra
Williams, John, 1932-
Boston (Mass.)
News Report
Williams, John, 1932- (Interviewee)
Lydon, Christopher (Reporter)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; John Williams interview,” 07/01/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed May 25, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_60673B93607D4398A1809C94F08B2F20.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; John Williams interview.” 07/01/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. May 25, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_60673B93607D4398A1809C94F08B2F20>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; John Williams interview. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_60673B93607D4398A1809C94F08B2F20
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