‘A Night At The Movies’

Symphony of the Kootenays concert features the great John Williams

The Symphony of the Kootenays third concert of the 2014/15 season and the first of the new year bodes to warm up your mid-winter blues with a trip to Hollywood.

“A Night At The Movies” will bring some of Hollywood’s greatest hits to Cranbrook’s Key City Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 7.

When one speaks of some of Hollywood’s greatest hits, one invariably thinks of John Williams, an American composer and pianist, generally considered one of the greatest film composers of all time.

Jeff Faragher, Music and Artistic Director for the Symphony of the Kootenays, told the Townsman that originally the Symphony was looking at featuring lots of composers for this concert. “But as I researched it more and more I thought it better to stick with just one, and who better than John Williams. We’re going to featuring a lot of his film score music and it should be a lot of fun.”

On the program for Saturday are some of the most well-known film compositions of all time — a John Williams revue. The themes from “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” and “Superman,” as well as pieces like “That’s Entertainment” and “The Cowboys Overture,” will be familiar and pleasing to audiences.

And the Symphony will be including a couple of prominent classical pieces, by Mozart and Samuel Barber, which have been used in film a lot, and illustrates the importance of classical music in popular culture and how the classical composers have influenced the movie composers.

As usual, the Symphony will be holding an open rehearsal in advance of the concert, Saturday, Feb. 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m., to which the public is invited.

Tickets for “A Night At The Movies” are available at the Key City Theatre box office.