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Oscar winner John Williams to lead PSO in benefit concert

| Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Williams will conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at a special musicians' pension fund benefit concert on Nov. 9 at Heinz Hall. He is donating his time for the event.

Williams will conduct music from many of his popular film scores, including "Star Wars," several of the Harry Potter movies, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," and "Schindler's List." Selected films clips will be shown in synchronization with the live performance.

He is no stranger to Heinz Hall, where he last conducted in 2003. In 1997, he recorded "Cinema Serenade" with violinist Itzhak Perlman and the Pittsburgh Symphony for Sony Classical. His compositions for the concert hall have been performed at symphony subscription concerts.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Admission is $40 to $150.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Oct. 4. Tickets will be available online only for symphony subscribers starting Wednesday morning.

Details: 412-392-4900 or .

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