John Williams: Unplugged
During the American Music Awards, the Star Wars gang got together for a tribute to John Williams, performed by the a cappella group, Pentatonix.
If John Williams ever needs a kidney, George Lucas should be the first in line to offer up one of his. Lucas owes the composer a lot for his iconic scores – and so do audiences.
Williams has a career that Beethoven would nod his head approvingly at, and chief among his works are the themes to the six – soon to be seven – Star Wars films. At the American Music Awards, Williams was honored with a tribute to those films that included a strange, but kind of cool performance from the a cappella group, Pentatonix.
The quintet takes on a few of the most famous Star Wars themes, with help from an orchestra. It is weird, but cool.
“We just came out of rehearsal and it’s going to be epic,” beatboxer Kevin Olusola told Rolling Stone. “It was really a collaboration with the orchestra. We were ecstatic when they asked us if we would be willing to work with John Williams’ orchestra. Our background is in choral music, so this felt like a chance to revisit and re-study certain classical techniques.”
Pentatonix just released their fourth LP, and as for Star Wars, well, I can’t even think up a joke to convey how anticipated it is. I was leaning for a variation of the “a small indie film is coming out,” but I’ve done that before, and it’s woefully inadequate at this point. If you haven’t heard that there is a seventh Star Wars film due out in December, you have a remarkably weird and hermetic life.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is out on December 18, and it features all new work from Williams – who has an absolutely ridiculous 49 Oscar nominations, and will probably earn an even fiftieth after The Force Awakens comes out.
As for the soundtrack, you can pick it up on December 18, the day the movie hits theaters.