In anticipation of the exciting October 20 Wheeling Symphony concert spotlighting The Music of John Williams: Star Wars & More, the WSO is hosting community events to explore the power of music and its impact on the visual arts.

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John Williams has written the soundtracks and movie scores of some of the greatest films of the past 30 years.  In addition to “Star Wars” Williams has composed everything from the minimalist theme of “Jaws,” the heroic getaways of “Indiana Jones,” the majesty of “Superman,” and the magic of “Harry Potter” among many others.

The WSO will host screenings of “Star Wars Episode 1” and “Jaws” at Towngate Theatre. Conversations with Wheeling Jesuit Professors, Robert Troeger and John Whitehead on the role that music plays in the two films will be held at Stifel Fine Arts Center.

The WSO will also host a Peoples’ Choice Awards Presentation and Reception at Stifel Fine Arts Center for works of art inspired by the movies scored by Williams. The art is presently being shown in the “Visions & Shadows” exhibit through November 4. It is free and open to the public. “Visions and Shadows” takes viewers on an exploration of the unknown in works by national, regional and local artists that push the boundaries of traditional and non-traditional artistic mediums, as well as our imaginations.

The Peoples’ Choice Awards will be given to the three art works receiving the largest number of votes.  Voting can be done at any time the gallery is open. Voting ends at 6:00 p.m. during the reception held on October 13th.

The WSO concert, The Music of John Williams: Star Wars & More is Thursday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Capitol Theatre located at 1015 Main Street in Wheeling.

WSO executive director, Bruce Wheeler said, “Reaching out to the community to build excitement for this fantastic concert was a no-brainer. John Williams’ music expresses the entire range of human emotions as it inspires, terrifies, delights and surprises audiences of all ages.  Our October 20th concert is programmed with Williams’ familiar musical movie themes that the entire family can enjoy together.”

This program is presented with support from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

Schedule of Events:
Sunday, October 2, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Towngate Theatre
2118 Market Street, Wheeling
Screening: “Star Wars Episode 1”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Stifel Fine Arts Center
1330 National Road, Wheeling
A study of John Williams’ music in the “Star Wars Trilogy”
With Wheeling Jesuit University Professor: Robert Troeger

Sunday, October 9, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Towngate Theatre
2118 Market Street, Wheeling
Screening: “Jaws”

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Stifel Fine Arts Center
1330 National Road, Wheeling
Steven Spielberg, John Williams, and the “(im)Pure Cinema” of “Jaws”
With Wheeling Jesuit University Professor: John Whitehead

Thursday, October 13, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Stifel Fine Arts Center
1330 National Road, Wheeling
Awards Presentation & Reception: The People’s Choice Awards for art pieces inspired by the movies featuring John Williams’ music. Come dressed as your favorite character for this family-friendly event which includes, Harry Potter Activities, caricatures, a performance by the WSO String Quintet and family-friendly refreshments.

All events are free and opened to the public.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Capitol Theatre
1015 Main Street, Wheeling
The Music of John Williams: Star Wars & More!

For concert tickets, call the WSO Box office 304-232-6191 or go to wheelingsymphony.com.

 

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