CSO performs ‘Best of John Williams’ to film clips

CSO performs ‘Best of John Williams’ to film clips

on the big screen March 11 & 12 at the Palladium

CARMEL IN — The extraordinary music from the Master of the Movie Score will be performed live to film clips projected onto the Palladium’s big screen, when Carmel Symphony Orchestra under Artistic Director Janna Hymes presents The Best of John Williams – A Tribute Concert.

Two blockbuster performances are scheduled – Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 pm and again Sunday afternoon, March 12 at 3. Tickets are available at the Palladium Fifth Third Bank Box Office, 317.843.3800 or online at thecenterpresents.org. The concerts are sponsored by ParaPRO.

“We are so excited about these upcoming performances and anticipate a couple of fantastic crowds on March 11 and 12,” said Artistic Director Janna Hymes. “We’ve really expanded and experimented with our programming during this 47th CSO season, and this John Williams production is shaping up to be a highlight of a season that’s already been noteworthy for multiple highlights!”

The concerts come on the same weekend that the five-time Academy Award winner is up for another Oscar® – his 53rd nomination, this time for the score to Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film, The Fabelmans.

“John Williams’ music is the soundtrack not only to some of Hollywood’s most iconic films, but the soundtrack to our lives as well,” Hymes said. “It’s the music you know and love, from the movies you know by heart.”

The concerts’ playlist includes selections from some of Hollywood’s biggest hits including Star Wars, Hook, Schindler’s List, AI, Harry Potter, JFK, Jurassic Park, Superman, Jaws, Memoirs of a Geisha, ET, and Indiana Jones.

“It’s all instantly recognizable music, with the very special, added dimension of being able to watch clips from the films projected onto the Palladium’s giant screen while the orchestra performs,” Hymes stated.

“Needless to say, we’re all super excited about this program, and can’t wait to welcome our fans to the Palladium for this extra special musical treat!”

Hymes’ programming this season is proving to be a big hit with CSO patrons, as the orchestra successfully rebounds from the effects of the pandemic. Attendance has continued to build since the season opened in early October, highlighted by a sell-out for January’s Serpentine Fire: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire, and near sell-outs for two Holiday Pops! shows in early December.

“We definitely feed off the energy that emanates from the audience, and that’s been something we’ve experienced and really enjoyed this season,” Hymes said. “Serpentine Fire was just crazy with the fans standing, singing and dancing at their seats and in the aisles! If you think a symphony orchestra performance is stuffy and serious and straitlaced, well, you need to experience a Carmel Symphony Orchestra performance! – and The Best of John Williams would be a great place to start!”

CSO is a resident company of the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts located in Carmel’s City Center district. An abundance of free parking – in garages, lots and curbside – is available within easy walking distance of the Palladium. There also are numerous restaurants in the area for pre- or post-concert dining.

Additional information about The Best of John Williams – A Tribute Concert and a preview of the remainder of performances during CSO’s current season – Masterworks 5 with Cellist Sterling Elliotton April 22, and CSO Pops: Respect – A Tribute to Aretha Franklin on May 6 – can be found at carmelsymphony.org.

The 2022-23 Carmel Symphony Orchestra season is supported by the City of Carmel, the Center for the Performing Arts, the Palladium and Pedcor.