John Williams to conduct Oregon Symphony

Tickets on sale today for legendary film scorer’s April 28 concert

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

When it comes to movie music, one name reigns supreme: John Williams. From the two-note motif of “Jaws” to the fanfare of “Star Wars,” the composer has created some of the most memorable moments in film history.

Winner of five Academy Awards and 21 Grammys, Williams will conduct the Oregon Symphony in a special benefit concert April 28 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland.

The program will feature selections from some of Williams’ most iconic film scores, including “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Violinist Bing Wang will perform Williams’ arrangements of “Scent of a Woman” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” according to the news release.

A graduate of The Julliard School, Williams has been nominated for an Academy Award 49 times. Only Walt Disney has more nominations with 59, according to He is best known for his collaborations with director Steven Spielberg, composing for all but one of his feature-length films.

The Williams concert was recently added to the Oregon Symphony’s season, along with “A Tribute to Norman Leyden” (April 21). Proceeds from the concert benefit the symphony’s education and community engagement programs.

Tickets go on sale to the general public today and start at $35 plus fees. Organizers expect the show to sell out quickly. For tickets and more information, visit or call 800-228-7343.

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