08names - John WIlliams led the POPS in his concerto for oboe, featuring Keisuke Wakao. (Stu Rosner)
John WIlliams led the POPS in his concerto for oboe, featuring Keisuke Wakao. (Stu Rosner)

Today is John Williams’s 81st birthday. The Boston Pops is asking fans of the Oscar-winning composer and conductor to send him their best wishes at www.twitter.com/thebostonpops and www.facebook.com/thebostonpops. (Williams does not have his own Twitter account, but the Pops will pass on the messages). The Pops has also released a live recording of Williams’s Oboe Concerto written for oboist Keisuke Wakao. This version of the piece was recorded at Symphony Hall in 2011. You can find it at BSO.org.

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