Aiken Symphony to celebrate Star Wars Day with May 4 concert

The Aiken Symphony will perform the music of five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams at USC Aiken’s Etheredge Center on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Performances will include film music from “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (Indiana Jones franchise), “Schindler’s List,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “Jurassic Park” . and “Catch me if you can.”

Star Wars Day is an annual celebration of the Star Wars media franchise created by George Lucas, held on May 4. Star Wars selections played by the Aiken Symphony in this concert include “Main Title,” “Princess Leia’s Theme,” “The Imperial March,” “Yoda’s Theme” and “Throne Room End Title.”

Associate Concertmaster Holly Workman will perform on the theme of “Schindler’s List,” originally written and performed by virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman, who recently performed Schindler’s List among other compositions in his recital series through the Carolinas. Have performed. Workman is an active soloist, chamber musician and ensemble player, who enjoys collaborating with composers and performers to create new and exciting performances of contemporary works and strives to make classical music more relevant today. Are. This performance will be his solo debut with the Aiken Symphony.

Principal saxophonist Dr. Clifford Lyman will perform Escapades for alto saxophone and orchestra, a three-movement suite excerpted from the film “Catch Me If You Can.” Lyman is Professor of Saxophone at the University of South Carolina, has performed concerts throughout the world and has released four critically acclaimed compact discs for saxophone and piano on the Equilibrium label.

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes to mark the occasion.

Single tickets are either $40 or $55, depending on seat selection. Active military members are eligible to receive a $10 discount on each ticket by calling the office at 803-641-3305. Tickets are available online aikensymphony.com or by contacting the office at 803-295-0313 and can be printed at home, mailed (up to 10 days before the concert date), or picked up at the venue one hour before the concert begins May go.

Free parking is available in Parking Lots C and D near the EtherRays Center. A pre-concert talk will be held at 6:30 pm on the day of the concert.

The Aiken Symphony, under the leadership of music director and conductor Scott Weiss, celebrates its ninth season in 2023–24. It strives to provide artistic leadership to the greater Aiken community through the presentation of symphonic music that educates, entertains, and enriches the human spirit. The group includes some of the best professional classical instrumentalists in South Carolina and Georgia, placing it on par with many regional orchestras in larger towns and cities.