2022-02-16 – 16:20 h

The Irish National Symphony Orchestra, led by Richard Kaufman, will celebrate the music of one of cinema’s true giants, composer John Williams, with concerts on February 25 & 26, in the month of his 90th birthday.


The concerts will be preceded at 18:15h by a pre-concert talk, with Richard Kaufman in conversation with Tim Burden, a voice artist and radio presenter based in Northern Ireland, who manages the Legacy of John Williams website together with Maurizio Caschetto.


Official description:

“Lights. Camera. Action! Take a front-row seat as we celebrate the music of one of cinema’s true giants, composer John Williams, in the month of his 90th birthday.


Acclaimed film music specialist Richard Kaufman takes to the podium for an evening of cinematic splendour and romance, thrills and spills, action and adventure with the National Symphony Orchestra.


Harking back to Hollywood’s Golden Age, Williams single-handedly returned the might and muscle of the symphony orchestra to the cinema screen in the late 1970s with his heart-stopping, pulse-quickening soundtracks for Jaws, Star Wars and Superman. Since then he has contributed anthemic scores to countless Silver Screen classics and led the charge of film music into the concert hall.


Williams’ music brims with poetry, passion and power. It’s there in the soaring fantasy of Superman’s Love Theme and March, the romantic spectacle of Sayuri’s Theme from Memoirs of a Geisha, the stirring, comic-book heroics of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the sweet child-like innocence of The BFG. And then there’s the lurking, creeping menace of the theme from Jaws.


For contrast, there is the bravura Summon the Heroes, composed for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, the brash Western bravado and wide expanses of The Cowboys Overture, and gentle, lyrical optimism of Minority Report.


No tribute to Williams would be complete without a visit to the magical world Hogwarts and the thrilling adventure of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and a trip to a galaxy far, far away. The blazing, brass-led Main Theme from Star Wars: A New Hope and the Forest Battle from Return of the Jedi are a thrilling display of a symphony orchestra at full-throttle. The Rise of Skywalker is a brilliant introduction to a new chapter of the saga confirming John Williams’s standing as a living legend.”


The program will be the following:

  • Summon the Heroes 1996 – Atlanta Olympic Games Theme
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – Sayuri’s Theme
  • Superman – Love Theme
  • Superman – March
  • Minority Report – A New Beginning
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark – Marion’s Theme
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark – The Raiders March
  • The Cowboys – Overture
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Harry’s Wondrous World
  • A Child’s Tale – Suite from The BFG
  • Jurassic Park – Main Theme
  • Jaws Main – Theme
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – Forest Battle
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – The Rise of Skywalker
  • Star Wars: A New Hope – Main Theme


When: Friday 25 & Saturday 26, February 2022 at 19:30h

Where: National Concert Hall (Dublin, Ireland)

Tickets: 22-45 € – buy tickets

Facebook Event (25/2): https://www.facebook.com/events/240834658206432/

Facebook Event (26/2): https://www.facebook.com/events/1030224834192356/