Movie music

Film-music composer John Williams to conduct Eugene Symphony

In film music, there is no bigger name than composer John Williams. From “Star Wars” to “Jaws,” his music is instantly recognizable.

Winner of five Academy Awards, Williams will conduct the Eugene Symphony on Sept. 22 at the Hult Center.

The concert will feature Williams' compositions from blockbuster films, including “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Schindler's List” and “Superman.” Violinist Bing Wang is the featured soloist.

According to his biography, Williams began his career in the film industry in the late 1950s working with composers Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Newman and Franz Waxman. He is best known for his collaborations with director Steven Spielberg, composing for all but one of his feature films (“The Color Purple”).

Williams has been nominated for an Academy Award a record 47 times — second only to Walt Disney. He was most recently nominated for Best Original Score for “The Adventures of Tintin” and “War Horse.”

“An Evening with John Williams” is a special event for the Eugene Symphony's 2012-13 season. Proceeds benefit the organization's education and community engagement programs.

Ticket prices range from $60 to $95, depending on seat location. To purchase tickets, visit or call 541-682-5000. For more information on the Eugene Symphony, visit or call 541-687-9487.

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