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John Williams hospitalized, bows out of London concert with ‘last-minute illness’

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Oct 24, 2018, 4:22 PM EDT

Legendary film composer John Williams has been hospitalized in the U.K. with an undisclosed illness that has forced a late change in his concert schedule, according to organizers.

Williams had been scheduled to conduct a performance of the London Symphony at Royal Albert Hall this Friday, but was replaced by Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia music director Dirk Brosse after Williams was admitted to the hospital upon arriving in London.

Royal Albert Hall tweeted a brief announcement of the change Wednesday.

Williams was set to lead "A Celebration of John Williams in Concert," a career retrospective surveying his Academy Award-winning musical contributions to film, spanning decades of classics including Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and many more.

“Unfortunately, owing to a last-minute illness, John Williams greatly regrets that he is no longer able to conduct this concert with the London Symphony Orchestra,” the iconic London venue posted on its website.

A statement from Williams’ management on the website added:

“John is so sorry that an illness prevents him from conducting Friday’s concert, and he’s grateful to his friend Maestro Dirk Brossé for taking the podium in his place. 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. He wishes everyone a very joyous evening of music.”

SYFY WIRE has reached out to Williams’ management for comment.