Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra brings Oscar-winner John Williams’ music to WVU

March 4 concert features music from ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘E.T.,’ ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘Hook,’ Harry Potter movies

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will showcase the very popular music of Academy Award-winning composer John Williams at a concert at West Virginia University next month.

The concert, led by PSO Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh, will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 4, at WVU’s Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Tickets, priced at $26.50 and $43, are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office toll free at 1.800.743.8560, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/wvu. Tickets also will be available at the theater on the evening of the concert. Students can purchase their tickets online in advance or at the door for $12 at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/wvustudent. Discounted student tickets are made possible through the generosity of William and Loulie Canady in memory of their daughter Valerie.

1213_WVU_JohnWilliamsQuite possibly the most famous composer of movie music, Williams has won five Academy Awards. His legendary film work includes the music for Jaws, Schindler’s List, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Lincoln, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saving Private Ryan, The Accidental Tourist, War Horse, The Adventures of Tintin, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, the first three Harry Potter movies and, of course, the unforgettable music for Star Wars andall four Indiana Jones films. 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.

Jim Cunningham, artistic director of WQED-FM, Pittsburgh, will conduct a pre-concert lecture on stage at 6:30 p.m., discussing the music to be performed during the concert. The lecture is free to ticket holders.

The concert is part of the Canady Symphony Series at West Virginia University. The 2012-2013 title sponsors of the Canady Symphony Series at WVU are William and Loulie Canady in memory of their daughter Valerie. The PSO would like to recognize and thank Chesapeake Energy Corporation for its sponsorship of this performance.

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Resident Conductor of the PSO and music director of both the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh is one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today.  He was brought to national attention in February 2004, when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics, alike. Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has flourished artistically, defining its reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. His leadership has attracted such artists as André Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jon Nakamatsu, Zuill Bailey and Sharon Isbin.

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