2012-03-25 / Dining & Entertainment

SBSO presents A Night at the Movies: The Music of John Williams

SAGINAW – On April 14 at 8 p.m. at the Temple Theatre, the SBSO will be performing an additional concert to the 2011-2012 lineup. “A Night at the Movies: The Music of John Williams” will focus on the career of one of America’s most famous modern composers.

John Williams is best known for his numerous contributions to film. He is the mastermind behind some of the most epic scores in film history. Examples include Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Superman, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler’s List, and Jurassic Park. Music from each of these movies will be represented at the concert.

Outside of film, Williams’ career is just as exciting. For 13 years he headed up the Boston Pops Orchestra, and has continued to work alongside them since his resignation. He also composed NBC’s Mission Theme, The Olympic Fanfare, and rededication fanfare for the Statue of Liberty.

In addition to the April 14 concert, the SBSO has also planned some exciting tie-in events. On Monday, April 9, Raiders of the Lost Ark will be shown on the big screen at the State Theatre. Jaws will be shown at the Temple Theatre on Monday, April 11. Both shows will be at 7p.m., and will be free to concert ticket-holders. Non-concert goers can still attend the movies for $5 each.

These exciting events are all in observation of Williams’ 80th birthday, which was just in February. His career with film started in the late 1950s, and he’s still creating music. In fact, he was nominated for two Academy Awards this year, bringing his total nominations to 47. He has been awarded five Oscars, 20 Grammys, and four Golden Globes.

In addition to many tangible achievements, Williams also sparked an interest in classical music for the modern age, including SBSO Music Director Brett Mitchell.

“Williams is the reason I got into classical music in the first place,” said Mitchell. “I grew up watching Star Wars, Superman, and Indiana Jones, all of which were scored by Williams, so his music is as deeply ingrained in me and most musicians of my generation as anything by Mahler or Mozart.”

Tickets are now on sale, starting at $11. You can get yours today by calling 877.754.SHOW (7469). Tickets can also be ordered online at www.templetheatre.com.

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