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Spielberg Benefit Concert Raises more than $600K

On Saturday September 28th The Phoenix Symphony hosted a Benefit Concert Conducted by John Williams with Special Guest Steven Spielberg. This one-night-only performance was a fundraiser that combined two Hollywood titans, iconic music scores and a selection of unforgettable film clips in order to benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement programs.

This special evening began with a pre-concert reception for Sponsors and VIPs held in the Green Room at Symphony Hall. The private reception featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and was attended by 150 event sponsors, VIP’s and members of The Phoenix Symphony Board of Directors.

After the reception, over 2,200 attendees entered a sold-out Symphony Hall for an unforgettable evening of music from the movies. The concert featured selections from some of Williams’ most popular scores including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, Schindler’s List, and much more. This special concert also showcased Steven Spielberg presenting the magic of music and cinema along with a selection of film clips projected over the orchestra with clips from Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Indiana Jones. The concert ended with an encore of the theme to Indiana Jones and a triple standing ovation for Maestro Williams, Steven Spielberg, and The Phoenix Symphony.

The evening concluded with an exclusive post-concert VIP Meet & Greet for 50 people. Champagne and desserts were served as the guests relived and reveled in the magical performance and presentation. Maestro Williams and Mr. Spielberg joined the reception where they greeted attendees, posed for photographs and signed autographs.

“What an honor to have such an incredible benefit concert with two of the biggest names from Hollywood Maestro John Williams and legendary film director Steven Spielberg,” said Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “My sincere thanks to our special guests for donating their time and tremendous talent and to our event sponsors for demonstrating a commitment to music education.”

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Spielberg Joins Williams with The Phoenix Symphony

Five-time Academy Award and 21-time Grammy Award winner John Williams joins The Phoenix Symphony to conduct an unforgettable evening of music from the movies, featuring selections from some of his most popular and iconic scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List and more.  During this special appearance on September 28, 2013, acclaimed director Steven Spielberg joins Williams to host the second half of the evening, presenting selections from their remarkable forty-year artistic collaboration, including selected film clips projected on a giant screen above the orchestra. Experience the magic of music and cinema with two great maestros of the movies!

When John Williams and Steven Spielberg met in 1972, Williams had nearly 20 years of film and TV scoring behind him and Spielberg was a 25 year-old television director about to shoot his first theatrical feature. When they agreed to work together, arguably the most successful film music partnership in Hollywood history was born. Their first film together was The Sugarland Express and the partnership has continued over the years with such popular and iconic films as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, Lincoln and more. Williams has composed the scores for 26 out of the 27 feature films that Spielberg has directed.

“John Williams and Steven Spielberg are two of the greatest American icons of our generation and tremendously important to the film industry. Their music and films are iconic and recognized the world over. This is a very special night and those lucky enough to attend will never forget the magic created on stage.” Said Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “It is an honor to have legends like John Williams and Steven Spielberg grace our stage at Symphony Hall and we will be forever grateful for their generosity to the Symphony and our community.”

In a career spanning over six decades, John Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and twenty-one Grammy Awards. In total, Williams has forty-eight Academy Award nominations, making him the second most-nominated person after Walt Disney. He has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars saga, Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, Lincoln, and the first three Harry Potter films.

Steven Spielberg is one of the film industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers of all time. He is collectively the top-grossing director in the business, having helmed such blockbusters as Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones franchise, and Jurassic Park. Among his myriad honors, he is a three-time Academy Award winner and a two-time Directors Guild of America winner.

Maestro Williams and Mr. Spielberg are generously donating their services, and all proceeds from this one-night-only performance will benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs.

Sponsorships are available and tickets can be purchased online at www.phoenixsymphony.org or by calling 602-495-1999.

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Steven Spielberg Joins John Williams With The Phoenix Symphony

Five-time Academy Award and 21-time Grammy Award winner John Williams joins The Phoenix Symphony to conduct an unforgettable evening of music from the movies, featuring selections from some of his most popular and iconic scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List and more.

During this special appearance on September 28, acclaimed director Steven Spielberg joins Williams to host the second half of the evening, presenting selections from their remarkable forty-year artistic collaboration, including selected film clips projected on a giant screen above the orchestra. Experience the magic of music and cinema with two great maestros of the movies!

When John Williams and Steven Spielberg met in 1972, Williams had nearly 20 years of film and TV scoring behind him and Spielberg was a 25-year-old television director about to shoot his first theatrical feature. When they agreed to work together, arguably the most successful film music partnership in Hollywood history was born.

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Their first film together was The Sugarland Express, and the partnership has continued over the years with such iconic films as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, Lincoln and more. Williams has composed the scores for 26 out of the 27 feature films that Spielberg has directed. “John Williams and Steven Spielberg are two of the greatest American icons of our generation and tremendously important to the film industry. Their music and films are iconic and recognized the world over. This is a very special night, and those lucky enough to attend will never forget the magic created on stage.” Said Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “It is an honor to have legends like John Williams and Steven Spielberg grace our stage at Symphony Hall, and we will be forever grateful for their generosity to the Symphony and our community.”

In a career spanning over six decades, John Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and twenty-one Grammy Awards. In total, Williams has forty-eight Academy Award nominations, making him the second most-nominated person after Walt Disney. He has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars saga, Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, Lincoln, and the first three Harry Potter films.

Steven Spielberg is one of the film industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers of all time. He is collectively the top-grossing director in the business, having helmed such blockbusters as Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones franchise and Jurassic Park. Among his myriad honors, he is a three-time Academy Award winner and a two-time Directors Guild of America winner.

Maestro Williams and Mr. Spielberg are generously donating their services, and all proceeds from this one-night-only performance will benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs.