John Williams: A Cinematic Celebration

John Williams: A Symphonic Celebration

Presented in Partnership with the Granada Theatre

Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 7:30pm

Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 3:00pm

Concert Duration: Approximately 100 minutes

The Granada Theatre.

“E.T.,” “Star Wars,” “Jaws” — Five-time Oscar© and 25-time Grammy©-Award winner John Williams has been composing film scores for Hollywood’s blockbusters for more than 50 years. His collaborations with directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, whose movies attained cult status, not least because of his unmistakable music, are legendary. Hear these powerful cinematic moments come to life through the magic of live orchestral performance. This concert is part of the Granada Synergy Series. IMPORTANT: No images, film clips or other media will be shown. The Symphony will be in the spotlight during this all-music program.

The Artists

Rei Hotoda, Guest Conductor

*Program content and concert dates may be subject to change: check our website for regular updates.


“Superman March” from Superman

Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Selections from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Hedwig’s Theme”

“Nimbus 2000”

“Harry’s Wondrous World”

“Theme from Schindler’s List

Jessica Guideri, Violin

“Adventures on Earth” from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial


“Raiders March” from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

“Main Theme from Jurassic Park

“With Malice Toward None” from Lincoln

“Theme from JFK

Selections from Star Wars

“Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

“Princess Leia Theme” from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

“Star Wars (Main Theme)” from Star Wars

To access the Digital Concert Program, CLICK HERE.

Conductor Rei Hotoda has been hailed as an inexhaustible dynamo with a deep commitment to reimagining the 21st-century concert experience. Her vision can be seen through her thought-provoking programming, passionate allyship with marginalized artists, advocacy for arts education, and unwavering commitment to presenting the music of our times.

Her success as the Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic since 2017 has resulted in the extension of her tenure through the 2025 season. 

Rei has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, Winnipeg, Hawaii, and Utah as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among others. Her interpretations of such epic centerpieces of the classical canon such as Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 and Britten’s War Requiem, make her one of the most sought-after conductors of today. 

Learn more about Rei Hotoda in this Voice Magazine feature article. 

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*Program content and concert dates may be subject to change: check our website for regular updates.

Conducted by The Santa Barbara Symphony’s
World Renowned Conductor

Nir Kabaretti

Nir Kabaretti has worked with some of the world’s most sought-after musicians. Some of his most well-known collaborators include Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, Joyce Di Donato, Angel Joy Blue, Vadim Repin, Gilles Apap, Hélène Grimaud, and André Watts.

A very warm and special thank you
to our 2022/23 season donors and the sponsors making
this event possible!

Principal Concert Sponsor
-- Sarah and Roger Chrisman--
Artist Sponsors
-- Lehrer Family Charitable Fund --
Selection Sponsor
-- Omega Financial Group --

2022/23 Concert Season Sponsor

Sarah & Roger Chrisman

Corporate Season Sponsor

Grand Venue Sponsor

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