LENOX, Mass. -- 'Star Wars' composer John Williams is returning to conduct the Boston Pops orchestra two months after he resigned the post because of his apparent exasperation with the musicians' behavior.
The 'artistic and creative differences' that Williams said prompted his departure have been resolved, William Morris, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's general manager, said Thursday in Tanglewood, the orchestra's summer home.
He will return to the Boston Pops immediately and his first public appearance will be at Tanglewood Aug. 14, said the orchestra, which is the parent organization of the Pops.
'After working with the Boston Pops for five years, I have only the greatest admiration and genuine affection for the orchestra and its members,' Williams said in a statement from Los Angeles.
'Our recent differences have been put behind us and I look forward to conducting the 1985 season, as well as to working on proposed changes which will be of great benefit to the orchestra and to the quality of its music making.'
Williams, 52, conducted an original composition at the opening of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles last week.
Williams, successor to the legendary Arthur Fiedler who led the Pops for five decades, has composed or worked on musical scores for numerous blockbuster motion pictures, including 'Star Wars,' 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind,' 'Jaws' and 'The Empire Strikes Back.'
Orchestra members have been close-mouthed about causes of the discord that led to Williams' resignation in June.
It was widely reported that Williams considered the musicians disrespectful for reading, talking and joking during rehearsals, but orchestra spokeswoman Kim Smedvig said the differences 'were more of a morale than a discipline' problem.
She said intense discussions in the last few months between Williams, musicians and orchestra mangement over schedules, rehearsals, repertoire and other issues, were aimed at improving morale.
The discussions are expected to continue, she said.