IWS to celebrate film composer Williams

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John Williams’ film compositions are well-known by music and movie fans alike.

The Indiana Wind Symphony will present

“John Williams Film Fantasia” at 3 p.m. March 1 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

“We’ll be doing the real well-known ones like “Star Wars,” “Jaws” and “ET,” IWS Music Director Charlie Conrad said. “Probably the only one that is not well-known, but I think is one of his best, is ‘“War Horse.’”

The concerts will start with the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” theme.

“My personal favorite is ‘E.T.’ but the whole saga of ‘Star Wars’ nine movies tied together with all the music is almost a version (Richard) Wagner did with the ring cycle with the four operas,” Conrad said. “It’s an amazing achievement.”

Carl Butler, the IWS principal flute player, will perform on the music piece from “Schindler’s List.”

There also will be Williams’ two Olympic pieces. The only piece not by Williams the IWS is doing is the “Egmont Overture,” by Ludwig van Beethoven, in the first act.

“2020 is the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, so we’re going to celebrate that for a whole year, with each concert having a piece by Beethoven or a piece inspired by Beethoven,” Conrad said.

IWS Chamber Ensembles will present “Choice Gems For Winds — Beethoven at 250” at 7:30 p.m. March 7 at the Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts.

“The big piece is Beethoven’s ‘Octets for Winds,’” Conrad said.

The concert will feature harp soloist Melissa Gallant performing “Music for an Indian Summer.”

For more, visit indianawindsymphony.org.


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