December 31, 2015
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON SYMPHONY PAYS TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS WITH "STAR WARS AND MORE" CONCERT
Star Wars and More: A Tribute to John Williams, January 8-10
HOUSTON (December 31, 2015) — The Houston Symphony will give a respectful nod to film composer John Williams with its first concert of 2016, “Star Wars and More: A Tribute to John Williams,” at 8 p.m. on January 8 and 9 and 7:30 p.m. on January 10. Known for composing some of the most recognizable soundtracks in cinematic history, Williams’ iconic music from the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises, as well as Steven Spielberg classics Jurassic Park, Jaws and E.T., will be brought to life in live orchestral performance.
During his extremely successful career, Williams has received numerous awards, including five Academy Awards, two Emmys, four Golden Globes and 18 Grammys. He has composed the music to all but two of Spielberg’s feature films. He has conducted orchestras worldwide and most recently composed the score for two blockbusters, Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. His scores for the original Star Wars trilogy transformed the landscape of Hollywood film music and became icons of American culture. Although he will not appear on this program, John Williams last appeared with the Houston Symphony alongside cellist Yo-Yo Ma in December 2013.
Special guests from the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion and Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club will make an appearance during the Star Warsportion of the program. These international costuming organizations bring together costume enthusiasts around the world through the creation and improvement of some of the most recognizable hero characters and culture of the Star Wars sagas. The groups also serve as a platform for enthusiasts to share their creativity and skills while also giving back to the community through charity work and volunteerism.
all for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District, unless otherwise noted. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.
STAR WARS AND MORE: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS
Friday, January 8, 2016, 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Michael Krajewski, conductor
About the Houston Symphony
During the 2015-16 season, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its second season with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $32.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 330,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.