Star Wars composer John Williams pulls out of concerts due to illness

CNET | 10/24/2018 | Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
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Legendary Star Wars composer John Williams, 86, became ill while in London this week, and will be unable to conduct concerts there and in Vienna.

Williams had been scheduled to conduct the London Symphony in A Celebration of John Williams in Concert on Friday at London's Royal Albert Hall. On Wednesday, that venue tweeted out the news that he would be unable to attend.

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"Unfortunately, owing to a last-minute illness, John Williams greatly regrets that he is no longer able to join us for this concert and will be replaced by his colleague and dear friend Dirk Brossé," the tweet read.

In an article on its site, the Royal Albert Hall went on to say that Williams had traveled to London for the concert before falling ill.

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"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," a statement from Williams' management said. "He wishes everyone a very joyous evening of music."

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