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John Williams to Conduct in Eugene

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EUGENE, Ore. — Hollywood is coming to the Hult Center. Legendary film composer John Williams will conduct the Eugene Symphony this weekend.

This is not part of a concert tour for Williams. It’s actually only one of a handful of performances he’s making this year.

If you know movies, you know his music. John Williams is more than a conductor. He served as music director for box office hits including all six Star Wars films, Superman, E.T., Jaws–the list goes on. Williams has earned 47 Oscar nominations, making him the academy’s most nominated living person.

For the 70-plus musicians in the Eugene Symphony, it’s an honor to play in the concert.

“I think they are going to be really excited. They’ve grown up playing the music, listening to the music. It’s part of our culture. Think about it–he’s written music for more than 100 films. These musicians are going to have a really great time. He’s not just a fabulous composer, but conductor as well,” said Scott Freck, Executive Director of the Eugene Symphony.

Freck says he’s heard fans are coming from as far away as Boston, even Australia to watch Williams conduct the symphony.

Williams will rehearse with the symphony Friday and again Saturday before the big production at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

We are told a limited number of tickets are still available.

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