Oct. 24--TUPELO -- From the baaahdum of the "Jaws" theme to the exciting horns of the "Superman March," John Williams has created some of the most iconic and recognizable movie music in history.
The North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the composer's music with "A Night at the Movies: The Music of John Williams," on Saturday. There'll be a family concert at 2 p.m., followed by the full performance at 7:30, and both shows will feature some of Williams' most beloved music.
"John Williams is one of the very best -- some would say, perhaps the finest film composer of all time," said the symphony's conductor, Steven Byess. "It was quite a challenge to select just nine films for this program."
The program includes a variety of themes and suites from films that will show off Williams' diversity.
"With 'Catch Me If You Can,' Williams goes back to his roots as a jazz pianist," Byess said. "There are scores that are sweeping like 'Superman' and 'Star Wars,' but there are some exotic elements. He's able to capture not only characters with certain themes, but certain atmospheres."
Music from "Star Wars," "Superman," "Jaws," "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Schindler's List" and "Jurassic Park" are included in the program.
The family concert features music from five of the nine movies in the evening performance.
The shows will include film clips from each of the movies.
"It's just to give a flavor of the movies. These are movies most people have seen, so they'll be familiar," he said. "That way, we can keep the focus on the music and the orchestra's celebration of John Williams and the music."
This program kicks off the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra's 2013-2014 season.
"The music John Williams writes for these movies is just as high a craft and just as deep an artistic accomplishment as any music written purely for the concert hall," he said.
On Sunday, the orchestra will take the show to Delta State University.
"It's a big, big weekend," Byess said, "and a great kick-off to our season."
--What: North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents "A Night at the Movies: The Music of John Williams" Family Concert
--When: 2 p.m. Saturday
--Where: Link Centre Concert Hall
--Cost: $10/adults, free/children
--What: North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents "A Night at the Movies: The Music of John Williams" full concert
--When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
--Where: Link Centre Concert Hall
--Cost: $25/advance, $30/door, $10/students, free/12 and younger with an adult.
--Info: (662) 842-8433, nmsymphony.com. Learn more about John Williams at johnwilliams.org.
--Extra: There will be a season opening reception at 6 p.m. on the east lawn of the Link Centre.
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