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at the Frost Amphitheater and at Davis Hall

By Iride Aparicio

Photos Courtesy: SF Symphony

STANFORD UNIVERSITY --  With  Conductor Xian Zhang conducting the San Francisco Symphony orchestra and young pianist George Li playing the piano, the concert on Satuday August 7 at 7:30 at the Frost Amphitheater at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. promises to be a unique concert.

The partnership between Stanford live and the San Francisco Symphony that began in 2019 with the opening of the newly renovated Frost Amphitheater continues this Summer with Saturday evenings performances led by a variety of  guests conductors. On Saturday August  7, conductor Xian Zhang, who made her professional debut conducting Le Nozzle di Figaro at the Central Opera House in Beijing, China at the age of twenty and is currently serving as the music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the San Francisco Symphony at the Stanford University concert featuring William Grant Still's Mother and Child and a piano concert of Wolfgang Amadeus  Mozart, which includes his Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K491, and Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major K543, interpreted by young pianist George Li, Prior to this concert Zhang will also conduct the San Francisco Symphony on Friday, August 6 at San francisco Davis hall.

Pianist George Li is a American born Concert pianist who was the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2016 and Silver Medalist of the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition.


To buy tickets for Saturday's August 7:30 Frost Amphitheater concert,  go to: https://www.stanfordlivetickets.org/10305/10306 PLEASE CHECK THE MASK AND VACCINE POLICY AT FROST AMPHITHEATER BEFORE PURCHASING YOUR TICKETS FOR THE AUGUST 7 at 7PM CONCERT.

There are going to be two more SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY concerts that will be conducted by Edwin Outwater and will be held at Davis Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

The music of John Williams.
On Thursday August 12, 2021 at 7PM
On Friday August 13 2021, at 7 PM

To buy tickets for the Music of John Williams Concert go to: https://www.sfsymphony.org/Buy-Tickets/2020-21/john-williams-(1)

THE PROGRAM which includes only music of JOHN WILLIAMS will include:
Flying Theme from  E.T. the extra-Terrestrial
Yoda's Theme from  the Star Wars saga
Hedwig's theme from  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Across the Stars from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
The Duel from The Adventures of Tintin.
Suit from Far and Away
Theme from Jurassic Park. March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
With Malice Toward None From Lincoln
Flight to Never land from Hook
Imperial March from Star Wars Saga
Theme from Jaws
Leila's Theme from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Main Title from The star Wars Saga.


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Born in February 8, l932 in Queens, New York, and former student of  Julliard School of music, American composer, conductor, pianist and trombonist  John Towner Williams, started his music life as a jazz pianist and studio musician  before starting to compose music for television and film. which he mastered to the point of being considered the Epitome of Film Music.

After his career took off in the l970's  he has scored more than l00 music for films, as those familiar with films' names will recognized easily when reading the program.
He has also composed the theme for t984 Olympic Games, for NBC Sunday Night Football,  "The Mission" which was used by NBC News and Seven News in Australia,


As a composer,  John Williams had 52 Academy  Award nominations and had won 5 awards. He has won 25 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards and four Golden Glove Awards. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2004. He also received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016 becoming the first person awarded the award outside of the acting or directing fields.
His music covers the Genres of: Film Music, Television Score, Contemporary, and Classical music.