OSCAR-WINNING ‘STAR WARS,’ ‘JAWS’ COMPOSER JOHN WILLIAMS TO CONDUCT PSO IN ‘MUSIC OF THE MOVIES’ CONCERT
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) today announced that five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices, will conduct the PSO in a special concert, “John Williams and the Music of the Movies,” on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. at the Heinz Hall Box Office, online at pittsburghsymphony.org or by phone at 412.392.4900. Pre-sale to 2010-2011 PSO subscribers begins exclusively online on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. Tickets start at $40.
Williams is contributing his time for this important fundraising concert for the PSO musicians’ pension fund. He last conducted the PSO in 2003.
One of America’s most renowned and distinctive artistic voices, Williams has composed and served as music director for more than 100 films. Williams has received 45 Oscar nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person. He also has won seven British Academy Awards, 21 Grammys, five Emmys and four Golden Globes.
His legendary film work includes the music for Jaws, Schindler’s List, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Memoirs of a Geisha, Saving Private Ryan, The Accidental Tourist, the first three Harry Potter movies and, of course, the unforgettable music for Star Wars and all four Indiana Jones films.
In addition to his well-known 35-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg, Williams also has worked with numerous other filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, William Wyler, Robert Altman, Lawrence Kasdan and Oliver Stone. 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.
Williams has appeared on recordings as pianist and conductor with Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman, and others.
He has served as music director and laureate conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and maintains artistic relationships with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and 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.
In addition to his work in film and television, Williams has composed numerous works for the concert stage, among them two symphonies, and concertos for flute, violin, clarinet, viola and tuba. His cello concerto was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and premiered by Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood in 1994. At the opening concert of the 2009-2010 season, James Levine led the Boston Symphony in the premiere Williams’ On Willows and Birches, a new work for harp and orchestra.
Williams also conducted the PSO in the acclaimed recording Cinema Serenade in 1997, a CD of themes from popular movies arranged for violin and orchestra and featuring Itzhak Perlman.
Williams was named the 19th music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra in January 1980, succeeding the legendary Arthur Fiedler. Williams currently is the Boston Pops Laureate Conductor, a title he assumed after retiring in December 1993.