Pacific Symphony Virtual Concert: John Williams - Maestro of the Movies


Virtual Family Concert - May 30

John Williams - Maestro of the Movies

We invite you to experience Pacific Symphony's first-ever virtual concert, “John Williams: Maestro of the Movies,” available for viewing on May 30 starting at 11 a.m.  

This 45-minute online concert, designed for children ages 5 – 11, replaces the live Family Musical Mornings series performance originally scheduled on May 30.

The program, hosted by Associate Conductor Roger Kalia, features music from some of John Williams’ most popular films, including “Star Wars,” "Jurassic Park," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Harry Potter" and "E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial," performed by Pacific Symphony and conducted by Richard Kaufman.

The virtual performance will also include many of the usual Family concert features, such as Ask the Orchestra, the Spotlight Instrument and more. Activities for use at home will also be available.

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Program Highlights

  • Welcome from Farmers & Merchants Bank President W. Henry Walker, our Family Musical Mornings presenting sponsor, who will recognize Associate Conductor Roger Kalia for his long tenure with the Symphony

  • Interspersed throughout: music from some of John Williams' most popular films: "Star Wars," "Jurassic Park," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Harry Potter" and "E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial," performed by Pacific Symphony and conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman

  • Eyewitness reports from Pacific Symphony musicians who have performed on John Williams' film scores or conducted his music in concert

  • Spotlight instrument: the brass family (French horn, trumpet, trombone)

  • Ask the Orchestra

  • Ask the Composer with John Williams

  • The "Passing of the Baton" from Associate Conductor Roger Kalia to our new assistant conductor

  • Live chat opportunity during the event


Activities for Families at Home

To enhance your concert experience, we will be providing activities that families can do together at home, including:

  • A spotlight on the brass family (French horn, trumpet, trombone)

  • A Meet the Young Musician video featuring a member of Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles

  • A spotlight on composer John Williams

  • A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activity on movie sound effects 

  • Links to 17 different movie-themed crafts and coloring pages, each highlighting a different movie for which John Williams composed the score.


The video and PDF files with the activities will be available for download on the day of the concert.