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Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra performs movie hits of John Williams

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If you go

What: “Berkowitz’s John Williams,” part of the Breckenridge Music Festival’s Orchestral Pop Series

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Cost: $7 to $40, depending on seating

Program: “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Cowboys Overture,” “Superman March” and other favorites from John Williams movie soundtracks

More information: Call the Riverwalk box office at (970) 547-3100, or visit

On Friday, Aug. 14, Michael Berkowitz conducts the Festival Orchestra for an epic concert taking on John Williams’ most notable movie soundtracks as part of Breckenridge Music Festival’s Orchestral Pop Series. Williams is known for having composed some of the most recognizable and popular film scores in moviemaking history, which will be brought to life at the Riverwalk Center.

Williams studied at Juilliard and worked as a jazz pianist and studio musician before he started composing for television and film. With this rich musical background for inspiration, his work as a composer has awarded him four Golden Globe Awards, five Academy Awards, 22 Grammy Awards and seven British Academy Film Awards.

Williams has composed music for all of Steven Spielberg’s films but two. Steven Spielberg explains, “I have to say, without question, John Williams has been the single most significant contributor to my success as a filmmaker.” He has scored more than 100 films in his career, including the first three Harry Potter films, “E.T.” and “Schindler’s List.” In addition, William composed the music for the six Star Wars movies.

In his first visit to Breckenridge, Berkowitz kicked off the BMF Orchestral Pops series with a sparkling Ella Fitzgerald tribute. He returns to conduct the Festival Orchestra for the final pops show of the festival season. Berkowitz is the principal pops conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony. He was the music director and conductor for Liza Minnelli on the Tony Award-winning “Lisa’s at the Palace,” on Broadway, in concerts around the world and on PBS.

Marvin Hamlisch’s music director for nine years, Berkowitz has appeared at the White House, the Academy Awards, with the London Symphony and with virtually every symphony in the United States. His acclaimed conducting technique and his comfortable and humorous manner on the podium have made him a favorite of audiences and orchestras throughout the United States and abroad.

The Festival Orchestra is an established ensemble of professional musicians drawn from symphony orchestras across the nation, in residence for the summer season. The Breckenridge Music Festival’s Orchestral Pops Series, a crowd favorite, showcases the orchestra’s versatility in some of the music that connects across generations — the soundtracks of some of the most popular movies of our era.

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