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Music from the movies plays in Vail

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival presents an evening of John Williams, music composer, performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Monday night at 6 p.m., at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado. The concert features a costume component, where audience members can dress up as their favorite character from a movie that Williams orchestrated.

Tickets for the concert are $60 for premium reserved, $48 for regular reserved, and $23 for lawn seating. Children 12 and under are free for lawn seating.

Conductor Richard Kaufman will lead the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a fun concert of some of the most popular film music ever written. Highlights include music from “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and more. Children 12 and under are free for lawn seating, and all audience members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite John Williams movie character, such as Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, Superman, Captain Hook, E.T., Harry Potter, or even Tyrannosaurus Rex.

“This concert is a perfect way to introduce children to classical music because it’s music that they are familiar with, even though they might not realize the classical origins,” says Liz Campbell, director of education and community outreach at Bravo! “Families will definitely enjoy this concert because all generations can relate to John Williams’ music.”

Composer John Williams needs no introduction for most moviegoers. He has won five Academy Awards and is the second most-nominated individual after Walt Disney. His collaboration with director Steven Spielberg resulted in his memorable scores for “Jaws,” “Superman,” “E.T.,” and the Indiana Jones movies. Williams’ second Oscar for “Jaws” led to his introduction to George Lucas, who hired Williams for the Star Wars saga.

Williams has also been commissioned to compose music for events such as the Olympics and the inauguration of President Obama. His style is influenced by late romantics such as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss, film composers Alfred Newman and Bernard Herrmann, and crossover-genre composers Erich Korngold and William Walton.

Leading the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for this performance is Conductor Richard Kaufman, principal pops Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In 1993, he received the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for a recording with the Nuremberg Symphony. He has conducted for performers including John Denver and Art Garfunkel, and he has coached actors such as Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks in musical roles.

For a complete Festival lineup and to purchase tickets, visit or call 877-812-5700.

What: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of John Williams, music composer

Where: Ford Amphitheater, Vail

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Cost: $23 to $60 depending on seating

More information: Visit or call 877-812-5700.

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