A long, long time ago in a theatre far away

Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium, the San Antonio Symphony performed the music of one of the most popular and most successful American orchestral composers of the modern age: John Williams.
As part of the San Antonio Symphony’s 2009-2010 Pops season, the Star Wars & More John Williams concert recalled familiar tunes from the movies: “Jaws”, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, “1941”,  “Superman”, “The Terminal”, and other selections.
Costume Star Wars and Jaws characters made cameo appearances on stage.  
For anyone who doesn’t know who John Williams is, or for someone who hasn’t been to a movie or turned on a television, Williams’ list of accomplishments reads almost like a book. Williams has composed the music and served as music director for nearly 80 films, including “Superman”, the “Star Wars” trilogy, the “Indiana Jones” trilogy, the first three “Harry Potter” movies, “Schindler’s List,” “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Jurassic Park,” and my personal favorite, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” Many of these hits were performed that night.
 Williams is the winner of five Academy Awards, 17 Grammys, three Golden Globes, two Emmys and five Awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Guest conductor Michael Krajewski charmed and amused the crowd with his wry sense of humor. The well-sought after guest conductor did not disappoint. Krajewski even delegated conducting to Darth Vader for the “The Imperial March” selection from the “Star Wars Suite.”
Mixing humor and wit, Krajewski guided the audience through the work of Williams from “The Cowboys”, a 1972 western motion picture starring John Wayne, to a haunting  rendition of the theme from “Schindler’s List” by the first chair violinist.
The trip to the Municipal Auditorium, a Nationally Registered Historic property only 15 miles from UTSA, is rich with San Antonio culture, great food and is within walking distance of the River Walk.
Student tickets are only eight dollars and parking is free if you’re willing to walk a short distance. 
Between the classical genre performances, show tunes and the Pops Orchestra, there is always a show at the San Antonio Symphony. A Pops orchestra plays popular, or traditional “pop” music. The next San Antonio Symphony Pops performance will take you away in a yellow submarine with the Music of the Beatles with Classical Mystery Tour Mar. 19 and 20.