Thomas Wilkins returns to the Festival to conduct the music of John Williams

Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams

The music from your favorite films is brought to life in an epic evening featuring classics from Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. Enjoy the orchestral soundtrack from Star Wars, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark and more. Thomas Wilkins conducts.


Grant Park Orchestra

Thomas Wilkins, Guest Conductor


Superman March from Superman

Main Title from Star Wars

Flight to Neverland from Hook

Theme from Jurassic Park

Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark

Excerpts from The Cowboys

The Imperial March from Star Wars

Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: Episode I

Yoda’s Theme from The Empire Strikes Back

Viktor’s Tale from The Terminal

March from 1941

Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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The Walter E. Heller Foundation is proud to support works by American composers, in memory of Alyce DeCosta.

This concert is sponsored by AbelsonTaylor.

Special Event: Star Wars Costume Party

Saturday, July 8, 2017
7 PM: Picnic Setup and Group Photo Opportunity at Cloud Gate
8 PM: Concert Starts

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