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EPSO Two Musical Worlds Collide

EPSO Two Musical Worlds Collide

November 18, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Plaza Theatre

Location:
One Pioneer Plaza
Contact Name:
Plaza Theatre Box Office
Contact Phone:
915-231-1100
Website:
http://www.epso.org/
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https://www.facebook.com/ElPasoSymphony?ref=ts

Simply reading the list of compositions by John Williams is amazing and it is fair to say that he has had a fabled career. But aside from his well-known film scores, his list of compositions also includes 15 concertos for various instruments and more than 20 compositions for various concert ensembles. Tonight’s performances of two of the concertos alongside some of his film music should give the listener a much broader picture of this extraordinary composer. The son of a jazz drummer/studio musician father, John Williams started piano lessons at 7 years old. Later, having played trumpet, trombone, and clarinet, he was a member of his school band at North Hollywood High School. Already he was arranging music for this band and, after being drafted into the Air Force, he was an arranger for various service bands. He had a very thorough classical training, and once said, when asked for advice for young composers, “On the technical side, the development of a sound, solid craft, is the best advice anyone can be given.” He said two of the things needed were, “The study of the great canon of western music….” and “a working familiarity with counterpoint.”