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John Williams Honored at Star-Studded Gala

Posted in News on July 23, 2006
Oscar-winning BMI composer John Williams was honored recently by the Henry Mancini Institute with its esteemed Hank Award for his distinguished contribution to American music. Presented at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre during the Institute's 10th Anniversary Concert and Gala Celebration, the event starred Tony Bennett, and featured the HMI Orchestra and jazz sax player Dave Koz.

Shown at the gala are (l to r): BMI's Linda Livingston, BMI composer and HMI Artistic Director Pat Williams, Henry Mancini's daughter Monica Mancini, Hank Award honoree John Williams, HMI President and Co-Founder Ginny Mancini, and BMI artist Dave Koz. 

Williams, whose timeless scores include E.T., all six Star Wars movies, the Indiana Jones trilogy and the Harry Potter series, picked up his fourth Best Original Score Golden Globe this year for Memoirs of a Geisha. His list of awards is unparalleled and also includes five Oscars, two Emmys, five BAFTA Awards and 18 Grammys, with an astonishing 122 nominations over a 40-plus year career. He was most recently honored at the 2006 BMI Film & Television Awards for the scores to Memoirs and War of the Worlds.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Henry Mancini Institute was founded in 1997 by composer and conductor Jack Elliott in honor of his friend, famed film composer Henry Mancini. The organization's mission is to nurture the future of music by providing comprehensive professional training and multi-level outreach programs that have a direct impact on people's lives.