— On Saturday, Oct. 10 at EJ Thomas Hall, the sounds of the cinema will come to life with “The Music of John Williams.” The Akron Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at 8 p.m., and the performance features themes from Williams’s best-known scores, including “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” “Jaws,” “Superman,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
A costume contest begins at 7 p.m., and the first place winner of the contest will receive a $100 Visa gift card, with second place winning a $50 Visa gift card. Additionally, all guests who don a costume from a Williams-scored movie will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to the 12th Annual Halloween Charity Ball or the Akron Civic Theatre’s Masque of the Red Death. Maestro Christopher Wilkins will be the contest judge, so concertgoers are encouraged to dress to impress.
John Williams’ career spans more than six decades. One of the most popular and successful modern American composers, he has won five Academy Awards, 22 Grammys, four Golden Globes, and three Emmys. The concert will be especially enjoyable for children, says Akron Symphony Executive Director Paul Jarrett. “Between the pre-show costume contest and the familiar movie themes, this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce a child or teen to the symphony,” he says.
Season ticket packages for the Pops Series are available for 25 percent off regular single ticket prices. Subscribers may also create their own series with the My Subscription flexible ticket package. Single tickets range from $25 to $55 with senior and child/student pricing available. For additional information about the Akron Symphony’s 2015-2016 concert season, or to purchase tickets, visit www.akronsymphony.org or call the ticket office at (330) 535-8131.
The Akron Symphony thanks its sponsors, including media partners 89.7FM WKSU and Akron Life, Previews from the Podium sponsor, Audio-Technica, and the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund Akron Symphony concerts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. A complete list of sponsors can be found on the symphony’s website.