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CSO Heads to the Movies with John Williams

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Famous Hollywood composer John Williams will be a guest conductor for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra starting tomorrow evening. Williams will conduct the orchestra’s performance of his most well-known film scores during four concerts.

Two performances will highlight music from the movies of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, such as Star Wars and E.T. The other concerts will feature some of Williams’ symphonic pieces, including his composition for the 2002 Olympics. The CSO’s Jim Fahey says Williams will bring new audiences to the orchestra because of his mass appeal.

FAHEY: He has a certain wonderful way with melody that really reaches a large number of people and I think that his compositions are challenging for our orchestra members as well as satisfying for them to play.

This is Williams’ third time conducting the CSO. His appearance kicks off the orchestra’s Friday Night at the Movies series.

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