Boston Pops, Conductor Keith Lockhart Bring the Film Music Of John Williams On Tour

Boston Pops, Conductor Keith Lockhart Bring the Film Music Of John Williams On Tour

The Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart will showcase the extraordinary range of "America's Orchestra" on tours to Florida (February 9-14) and Texas (March 20-24) this winter with "Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams." Based on the Pops' 2017 recording of the same name, the program focuses on music from the beloved film scores of composer and Boston Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy excerpts from such classic films scores as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, and the Star Wars series, as well as less familiar music by Mr. Williams, including themes from such classic scores as The Witches of Eastwick, The Towering Inferno,andHeidi.

Lockhart says, "Taking 'America's Orchestra' on the road to visit our fans across the country is one of my favorite parts of conducting the Boston Pops, and I'm thrilled to be bringing the orchestra to cities throughout Florida and Texas this spring.

"For these concerts, we have the great privilege of showcasing the iconic film music of one of the most renowned composers of our time, our very own Boston Pops Conductor Laureate, John Williams," Lockhart continues, "From 'Hedwig's Theme' from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to the Imperial March and Main Theme from Star Wars, to the 'Flying Theme' from E.T., our tour program brings these instantly recognizable themes, along with some lesser known musical gems from John's impressive 60-year composition career, together for a remarkable concert experience our wonderful fans won't want to miss."

John Williams, a Boston Pops Conductor Laureate, says, "I first conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1978, and my respect and admiration for the orchestra and its members has only increased in the many years since. I'm especially honored by Keith Lockhart's and the orchestra's wish to dedicate their Florida and Texas tours this winter to my music. I feel greatly privileged that the orchestra continues to share so much of my music with its audiences each year."

Winner of an astonishing five Oscars and 24 Grammy awards, John Williams may well be the greatest film composer of all time. His scores for Star Wars, Schindler's List, Harry Potter, E.T., Jurassic Park, and the Indiana Jones films have made him a household name. Under the baton of Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra celebrates a nearly forty-year association with John Williams and his incredible music, in an evening featuring excerpts from the composer's best-loved scores, as well as some more seldom-performed works.

The first half of the concert includes an exploration into the international flavor of Williams' work in Memoirs of a Geisha and Far and Away as well as a journey into the magical worlds of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stoneand E.T.

After a brief intermission, Maestro Lockhart and the Pops dive into history through the perspective of Williams' themes from JFK, Schindler's List, and The Patriot. The Pops also perform the Raider's March from Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Devil's Dance from The Witches of Eastwick. The program concludes with Williams' classic compositions from Star Wars films including The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens,and the iconic Star Wars Main Theme.

"Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams" will be performed in cities throughout Florida, including West Palm Beach (2/9), Fort Lauderdale (2/10), Orlando (2/11), Sarasota (2/12), and Tallahassee (2/14). In Texas, the Pops perform the program in Grand Prairie (3/20), The Woodlands (3/21), College Station (3/22), San Antonio (3/23), and Austin (3/24).

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