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Virtual Concert - John Williams: Maestro of the Movies

Virtual Concert - John Williams: Maestro of the Movies

May 30, 11:00 a.m.Virtual Online Event

Roger Kalia, host
Richard Kaufman, conductor
John Williams, composer
Pacific Symphony

Music from films by John Williams, including:

  • "Star Wars"
  • "Jurassic Park"
  • "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
  • "Harry Potter"
  • "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"

Available online through July 14!

Lights, camera, action! Celebrate the treasured film music of John Williams in an exhilarating performance featuring your favorite themes from “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” and more! This free, 45-minute online concert replaces the live Family Musical Morning series performance originally scheduled on May 30. Audiences of all ages will enjoy performances of selections from John Williams’ film scores. 

Virtual Program Includes

  • Welcome from Farmers & Merchants Bank President W. Henry Walker, our Family Musical Mornings presenting sponsor, as he recognizes Associate Conductor Roger Kalia for his long-term service to Pacific Symphony
  • Interspersed throughout: music from some of John Williams most popular films: "Star Wars," "Jurassic Park," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Harry Potter" and "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," performed by Pacific Symphony and conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman
  • Eyewitness reports from Pacific Symphony musicians who have performed on John Williams' film scores or conducted his music in concert
  • Spotlight instrument: the brass family (French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba)
  • Ask the Orchestra
  • Ask the Composer featuring John Williams
  • The "Passing of the Baton" from Associate Conductor Roger Kalia to our new assistant conductor, Jacob Sustaita

Watch the Concert

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Program Notes

At-Home Activities

To enhance your concert experience, download the program notes, where you will find activities that families can do together at home, including:

  • A spotlight on the brass family (French horn, trumpet, trombone)
  • A spotlight on composer John Williams
  • A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activity on movie sound effects 
  • Links to seventeen different movie-themed crafts and coloring pages, each highlighting a different movie for which John Williams composed the score.

Plus, watch a Meet the Young Musician video featuring a member of Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles.

John Williams

Guest Artist

John Williams

In a career that spans five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has served as music director and laureate conductor of one of the country’s treasured musical institutions, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he maintains thriving artistic relationships with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Williams has received a variety of prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor, the Olympic Order, and numerous Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. He remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices.

Williams has composed the music and served as music director for more than one hundred films. His 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including Schindler’s List, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, Munich, Hook, Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Empire of the Sun, The Adventures of TinTin and War Horse.  Their latest collaboration, the critically acclaimed Lincoln, was released in November of 2012.  Mr. Williams composed the scores for all six Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Memoirs of a Geisha, Far and Away, The Accidental Tourist, Home Alone, Nixon, The Patriot, Angela’s Ashes, Seven Years in Tibet, The Witches of Eastwick, Rosewood, Sleepers, Sabrina, Presumed Innocent, The Cowboys, The Reivers and Goodbye, Mr. Chips among many others.  He has worked with many legendary directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, William Wyler and Robert Altman. In 1971, he adapted the score for the film version of Fiddler on the Roof, for which he composed original violin cadenzas for renowned virtuoso Isaac Stern. He has appeared on recordings as pianist and conductor with Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman and others. Williams has received five Academy Awards and 48 Oscar nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars. He also has received seven British Academy Awards (BAFTA), 21 Grammys, four Golden Globes, five Emmys, and numerous gold and platinum records.

Born and raised in New York, Williams moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1948, where he studied composition with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. After service in the Air Force, he returned to New York to attend The Juilliard School, where he studied piano with Madame Rosina Lhevinne. While in New York, he also worked as a jazz pianist, both in nightclubs and on recordings. He returned to Los Angeles and began his career in the film industry, working with a number of accomplished composers including Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman and Franz Waxman.