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The Interlochen Collection: Music of John Williams

an illustration of John Williams conducting an orchestra with a light saber
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John Williams has composed many of the most beloved film scores of all time.

Hear Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp students perform several Williams scores, including music from the "Star Wars," "Superman" and "Harry Potter" franchises.

Also included are Williams scores for occasions including the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1995 birthdays of his friends Seiji Ozawa, Yo-Yo Man, Itzhak Perlman and Leon Fleisher.

Music heard in this episode
(all pieces composed by John Williams)

The Cowboys: Overture
Joel McNeely/2000 World Youth Symphony Orchestra

Star Wars: Suite
Ara Sarkissian/2017-18 Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra

The Superman March
Matthew Schlomer/2019-2020 Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony

Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Jung-Ho Pak/2012 World Youth Symphony Orchestra

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Quidditch
Thomas Riccobono/2017-18 Interlochen Arts Academy Brass Ensemble

Variations on Happy Birthday
Jung-Ho Pak/2012 World Youth Symphony Orchestra

The archival recordings heard on this program are available thanks in part to The Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation Grant, generous support from our listeners, and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.

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Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.