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USC Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of film scores

Award-winning John Williams, composer for Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and more

The USC Symphony Orchestra presents John Williams Extravaganza! with guest artist Michael Ludwig, violin, on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts.

The entire family will enjoy the signature editions of composer John Williams’ most beloved film score classics. The music of Williams may be more widely known than that of any other composer on the university’s premier orchestra season schedule. Williams has almost single-handedly shaped the movie and television music of the past four decades. His music for the Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones series, Superman, Fiddler on the Roof, Schindler’s List, Hook, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and many others, made his name recognized in households throughout the world.

Williams is recognized in the industry with five Oscars (nominations for 49, second only to Walt Disney), 21 Grammys, four Golden Globes, two Emmys, seven awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, several gold and platinum records, and many honorary degrees and other awards.

Most recently he has been working on the score for Star Wars: Episode VII, due for release in December 2015.

Calling all Superheroes - children and adults are encouraged to come to the concert dressed as their favorite John Williams movie superhero! Prizes will be awarded.

Hailed by Strad Magazine for his “effortless, envy-provoking technique… sweet tone, brilliant expression, and grand style,” guest artist Michael Ludwig has a multi-faceted career as a soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician. A highly sought-after soloist, he has performed on four continents and has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, among others. Acclaimed musician Van Cliburn said, “A musician of profound artistry and consummate integrity, Michael Ludwig possesses a gorgeous sound that he projects with heartfelt passion and intensity.”

The University of South Carolina’s premier orchestra ensemble, led by acclaimed music director Donald Portnoy, receives accolades for its fine performances. World-renowned guest artists join the ensemble throughout the year to bring you a stirring six-concert season with music by the most dynamic composers.

“...the USC Symphony continues to rise to the top of musical achievement in higher education.” –Free Times

Concert tickets

Tickets are $30 general public; Discounts: $25 senior citizens, USC faculty and staff; $8 students. Call 803-777-7500 or Koger Box Office, corner of Greene and Park Streets (M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or online at

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