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He’s going to need a bigger baton

Published on July 10, 2018 2:43PM

Adam Flatt conducts

Adam Flatt conducts

The blood-curdling score from “Jaws” will be among the offerings as the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean pays homage to master movie composer John Williams in a pair of concerts this weekend.

Under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Adam Flatt, the orchestra will bring Williams’ magical, thrilling work to life, playing tunes from “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and more.

With a career spanning more than six decades, Williams has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history. He has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. From 1980 to 1993, he served as the Boston Pops’ principal conductor, and is currently the orchestra’s laureate conductor.

Williams has won 24 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual after Walt Disney.

The concerts will take place at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 14, and 2 pm on Sunday, July 15, in the Alice Silverman Theatre of the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street.

Tickets, $10 to $35 plus ticketing fees, or $10 for kids, are available at NewportSymphony.org or from the center box office.

Adults who bring children pay only $20 for premium seats if they buy their tickets at the box office.

For more information, call 541-574-0614.

Wand-er in early

Kids of all ages are invited to be part of the action by coming dressed up as a character from their favorite Williams-scored movie. Kids can also come early to make a Harry Potter wand or a Star Wars mask with help from volunteers from Apple Tree Community Focused Learning. These creative sessions run from 6 to 7 pm on Saturday and 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Sunday.

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