Southeastern Wind Symphony presents ‘Music of John Williams’ in free concert Oct. 17
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony will present a free concert, "The Music of John Williams: Cinematic Superstar," Thursday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Part of the university's annual Fanfare celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences, the concert will feature live performances of hit symphonic soundtracks by the legendary composer, said conductor Glen J. Hemberger, Southeastern's director of bands.
"John Williams has proven to be one of the most successful orchestral composers in modern times," Hemberger said. "His scores for many popular, award-winning Hollywood productions have earned him numerous honors, including five Academy Awards, 17 Grammys and several Emmys and Golden Globe awards. His recordings have achieved both gold and platinum records."
Williams' music to be featured includes the "MainTitle" from the movie "Star Wars;" "Superman March" from "Superman;" the "March" from "1941;" and "Theme" from "Schindler's List," featuring violinist Iuliia Alyeksyeyeva.
Also on the program will be performances of the "Raider's March" from "Raiders of the Lost Ark;" and "Adventures on Earth" from "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial."
The concert is the first of two performances by the Wind Symphony scheduled during Fanfare. The second performance, with a focus on the music of the presidency, is scheduled Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
For information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.