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The musical marvels of John Williams are celebrated by the Pittsburgh Symphony

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Darth Vader stalking through the Death Star.
Harry Potter and Indiana Jones dodging danger at every turn.
E.T. finally going home.
A Great White finally eating some tasty girl.
Composer John Williams has orchestrated some of Hollywood’s most iconic and indelible movie scores, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates his musical marvels with the fourth PNC Pops concert The Music of John Williams January 23-26.
Just hot is Williams? With 49 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated person, after Walt Disney. That ain’t goofy since Williams is nominated this year for best original score for The Book Thief.
Led by Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh, the Pittsburgh Symphony will take the audience on a whirlwind tour through Williams’s movie magic, from Star Wars to E.T. to Jaws (and everything in between). The concert kicks off with the stirring “Olympic Fanfare,” spreading the Olympic spirit through Heinz Hall. This concert, featuring solos from the Pittsburgh Symphony principal harp Gretchen Van Hoesen and principal contrabassoon James Rodgers, promises to be a thrilling ride through the unmistakable melodies of Williams’ masterful movie music. Audiences can also expect some hijinks and fun from Loh, a self-admitted “fanboy” of Williams’ movies and music.
“As a major fan, The Music of John Williams concert is a perfect opportunity for me to interact with the audience and have even more fun with my conducting duties,” says Loh. “You may even see a well-known character conducting a piece or two during the weekend!”
We know Steven Spielberg won’t be around even though Williams has composed the music for every Spielberg film but one. (Google for the answer!) Hmmmm, are Luke and Leia around?
Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging in price from $99-$21, can be purchased by calling 412-392-4900 or visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.

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