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For Release: May 17, 2017

John Williams to conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in program of his movie music on April 8, 2018

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 17 to Cleveland Orchestra subscribers and donors

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra has announced that composer John Williams will conduct the Orchestra in a program including music from his celebrated film scores at Severance Hall on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.  One of the most prolific and iconic American film composers, Mr. Williams’s scores include Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones films, Schindler’s List, and Superman, just to name a few. Among Mr. Williams’s numerous works for the concert stage are two symphonies and a variety of concertos, including a trumpet concerto written for The Cleveland Orchestra and principal trumpet Michael Sachs, which premiered in 1996. Mr. Williams has conducted The Cleveland Orchestra numerous times over the years at Blossom Music Festival starting with his first appearance in 1983. This is the first time he is conducting the Orchestra at Severance Hall. Details of the April 8 program will be announced at a later date. 

John Williams is one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage.  In a career that spans five decades, he has composed the music and served as music director for more than 100 films, including all seven Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, and Superman, and his 40-year artistic partnership with Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, and Schindler’s List.  Among his many honors are 5 Academy Awards and 50 Oscar nominations, 23 Grammys, 4 Golden Globes, and 5 Emmys.  Mr. Williams served as music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra for 14 seasons, from 1980 to 1993, and now holds the title of laureate conductor of the ensemble.

Ticket Information and On Sale Date
Tickets for the concert will be available for Cleveland Orchestra subscribers and donors on Wednesday, May 17, prior to being made available to the general public.  For those not already subscribers and/or donors, the best way to assure obtaining tickets is to become a subscriber to the Orchestra’s 2017-18 Centennial Season by calling Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or visiting


John Williams Conducts

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Orchestra
John Williams, conductor

He is an American cinema icon. His list of legendary film scores includes Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, Jaws, and Superman, just to name a few. Now, Hollywood’s most revered and beloved composer for film, John Williams, joins The Cleveland Orchestra for a special, one-night-only concert featuring the music from many of his celebrated works.

All programs, artists, and prices are subject to change.

Media Contacts:
Justin Holden

Rebecca Calkin

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