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BPO pops conductor unveiling tribute to John Williams

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's Pops season kicks off in cinematic fashion Sept. 24. John Morris Russell, the orchestra's effervescent new pops conductor, is presenting a tribute to film composer John Williams.

That means music from "Jurassic Park," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "E.T." and "Superman." The concert begins with "Raiders of the Lost Ark." And the famous "Star Wars" movies are front and center, with music from "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" and the Imperial March from the "Star Wars" Suite for Orchestra.

Dennis Kim, the BPO's concertmaster, will be the soloist in the bittersweet theme from "Fiddler on the Roof," arranged by Williams. The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus takes the spotlight in music from "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" and the moving "Amistad." The chorus will also be heard in the "Call of the Champions" from the 2002 Winter Olympics.

"John Williams' Movie Masterworks" takes place at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at Kleinhans Music Hall. Tickets are $29-$82. For info, call 885-5000.





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