BSO to highlight John Williams in annual Pops concert

Posted Jan. 23, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams has written some of the most beloved and memorable movie music of the past 50 years, including the scores for “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “Harry Potter.” On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra devotes its annual Pops presentation to “The Music of John Williams” in a performance led by BSO music director and conductor Lucas Richman, who has conducted Williams’ music around the world.

Williams has created the “soundtrack of our lives,” Richman said in a recent news release. “So many of his scores are etched in our memories, and when we hear the opening of ‘Star Wars’ or the theme from ‘Jaws,’ it transports us.”

Having first worked with Williams as a young musician in Los Angeles and recently led the national tour of “Star Wars in Concert,” Richman is an unabashed fan of the composer and “can’t wait” to share his music with Maine audiences.

Joining Richman for the program are vocalist Nicole Kaplan, saxophonist Dr. David Demsey, and guest concertmaster Roger Wilkie, who served as concertmaster on recordings of Williams’ scores for “Munich, Memoirs of a Geisha,” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” The family-friendly program will span Williams’ career, from his early work on the John Wayne film “The Cowboys,” to smash hits from “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” “E.T.,” “Indiana Jones” and more recently “Harry Potter.” Kaplan will sing lesser-known works from “Superman,” “Home Alone” and “The Paper Chase,” and Demsey will be heard in “Closing In” from “Escapades” for alto sax and orchestra. Wilkie will be featured prominently in the violin solo heard during the theme from “Schindler’s List.”

Tickets range from $25 to $60 for adults. Children 18 and under and full-time students with valid ID receive $10 off at all price levels. All orders are subject to a $3 per ticket processing fee. To purchase tickets, visit bangorsymphony.org or call the Collins Center for the Arts Box Office at 581-1755.

 

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