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Symphony orchestra to perform film classics

Celebrating its 35th anniversary season, the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra will perform “A Night at the Movies: The Music of John Williams,” conducted by Steven Byess, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St. in Portland.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 35th season this weekend with concerts devoted to film scores by John Williams.

The concert repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, in the theater at Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St. in Gresham.

Byess will conduct the orchestra in a selection of John Williams film music classics accompanied by short clips from such films as “Superman,” “E.T,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” as well as others. Nominated for more than 40 Oscars, and winner of five, Williams is one of the world’s most acclaimed composers of film music.

Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for students 13 and older, and $5 for children 12 and younger.

Tickets are available by calling 503-234-4077; visiting columbiasymphony.org; or at the door one hour before the performance.

— Rob Cullivan