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Dallas Symphony Pays Tribute to 'Star Wars' Composers

Dallas Symphony conductor Bob Bernhardt will lead the Dallas Symphony in a celebration of some of Hollywood’s greatest soundtracks in "Tribute to John Williams and Arthur Fiedler." Featuring hits from blockbusters like Star WarsHarry PotterRaiders of the Lost ArkSuperman and best-loved pops by Gershwin, Sousa, von Suppé and Leroy Anderson, this concert is perfect for the enti

There will be three performances — Feb. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m. — at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Current ticket prices start at $28 and are available at Dallassymphony.com.

John Williams is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars sagaJawsSuperman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialHome Alone and its sequelHookJurassic ParkSchindler's ListSaving Private RyanWar Horse, and the first three Harry Potter films. Other notable works by Williams include theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, the NBC Nightly Newsthe Statue of Liberty's rededication, and the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants. Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, sevenBritish Academy Film Awards, and 21 Grammy Awards. With 48 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most nominated person, after Walt Disney. John Williams was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk award at the 1999 BMI Film and TV Awards. Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of theKennedy Center Honors in 2004.

 

Arthur Fiedler was a long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. With a combination of musicianship and showmanship, he made the Boston Pops one of the best-known orchestras in the country. Fiedler was appointed the eighteenth conductor of the Boston Pops in 1930. While the position of conductor of the Boston Pops both prior to and after Fiedler tended to be a phase of a conductor's career, Fiedler made it his life's work, having the position for a half-century.

 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013