John Williams Leads Ever-Popular “Film Night” with Boston Pops

May 26 & 27 Concerts Showcase Williams' Film Scores and the World Premiere of his Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

May 28 & 29 Concerts Salute Legendary Film Director and Choreographer Stanley Donen

John Williams, the Boston Pops Laureate Conductor, makes a welcome return to the Pops’ podium for the ever-popular “Film Night” programs May 26-29. The first two concerts May 26-27 showcase Maestro Williams’ compositional range featuring music from some of his most memorable film scores, such as E.T. (The Extraterrestrial) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as well as the world premiere of his new Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, with Pops principal violist Cathy Basrak as soloist. In addition to Williams’ film music, the May 27-28 programs also feature a special salute to legendary MGM director Stanley Donen, whose creative genius helped transform the movie musical. Mr. Donen will be the evening’s special guest. The Film Night Series is sponsored by Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation.

Legendary MGM director Stanley Donen is the special guest as John Williams and the Pops salute Donen’s distinguished career as the creative force behind some of the most acclaimed musicals in Hollywood history. The evening’s tribute features memorable selections from such films as Singin’ in the Rain, Anchors Aweigh, Royal Wedding, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The concerts also Erich Korngold’s rousing music from the 1938 Errol Flynn classic Robin Hood.

Tickets for the 2009 Boston Pops are priced from $20 to $89.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.bostonpops.org or by phone through SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (with a $5.50 handling fee for each ticket ordered online or by phone). Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Symphony Hall box office, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 1 p.m. through the first concert intermission on concert dates. Most major credit cards, personal checks, and cash are accepted at the box office. For Group Sales of 25 or more, please call 617-638-9345 or 800-933-4255.

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