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J.J. Abrams visits Tanglewood

From left: Mark Volpe, the BSO’s managing director, John Williams, and J.J. Abrams.
From left: Mark Volpe, the BSO’s managing director, John Williams, and J.J. Abrams.Handout photo

Director J.J. Abrams, who'll be behind the camera when "Star Wars Episode VII" starts shooting, attended Tanglewood on Parade this week as a guest of composer and Pops conductor laureate John Williams, who's been tapped to score the new "Star Wars" flick. Williams, 81, led the Pops in "The Cowboys Overture," which he composed for the classic 1972 John Wayne western "The Cowboys," and the BSO and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the traditional finale, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." If you guessed that a spectacular fireworks display closed the show, you guessed right.