Soundtrack of our Lives: The Music of John Williams at Stranahan

Listen Up Toledo  |  By Ryan A. Bunch  |  09/29/2015

Few contemporary composers are as iconic as John Williams. In his wake, Williams' craft has practically spelled out the history of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. 

The notable American composer, conductor, and pianist has held a career spanning six decades that has left more than a few massively iconic marks on American popular culture. Through film, television, and much more, Williams works have moved us all and wound their sounds into so many of our personal and collective memories. 

Williams has been at the helm of some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Harry Potter, Catch Me if You CanMemoirs of a Geisha, and Lincoln, as well as four Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, NBC Nightly News, and the original Gilligan's Island theme song. Through it all, Williams has won countless awards, including five Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, five British Academy Film Awards, and 22 Grammy Awards. 

On Saturday evening, October 3, the Stranahan Theatre (4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.) hosts conductor Damon Gupton for a celebration simply title The Music of John Williams. Presented in true surround sound, the evening promises to be an exciting and moving experience through not just cinematic history, but through each of our own personal journeys, so intimately connected with William's iconic sounds. Doors open at 8pm. 419-381-8851. www.stranahantheater.org



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