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Winston-Salem Symphony presents pops concert featuring the music of John Williams

WINSTON-SALEM — The Winston-Salem Symphony will present a pops concert series featuring the music of legendary film score composer John Williams at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6. The concert, entitled “John Williams: Star Wars and Beyond” will be conducted by new Music Director Tim Redmond.

From “Harry Potter” and “Indiana Jones” to the iconic music of “Star Wars,” composer John Williams is the king of Hollywood cinema soundtracks and is one of today’s most accomplished composers. He has won 24 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney.

The symphony celebrates this living legend with a concert of his best-loved music, drawn from half a century of unforgettable scores including “Jurassic Park,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” along with portions of the scores from “ET”, “Hook,” “Angela’s Ashes,” “Superman,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and, of course, “Star Wars.”

John Williams: Star Wars and Beyond is part of the Pops Series and will take place at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. Tickets begin at $24 and are selling fast. They are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at wssymphony.org.

Attendees will have a chance to see some of their favorite characters from the Star Wars universe when the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion joins the symphony. The Carolina Garrison is the North Carolina/South Carolina chapter of the 501st Legion, an all-volunteer international Star Wars costuming organization with more than 8,800 active members representing more than 47 nations.

John Williams Star Wars and Beyond is sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsors Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. and BB&T; Show Sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina; Redmond’s Inaugural Season Sponsor Betty Myers Howell; Symphony Unbound Sponsors Chris & Mike Morykwas; the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council.