Akron Symphony Opens Pops Season With Music of Vampires, Wizards, and Jedi Knights, October 25. Concert to include music from Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and more. Akron—The Akron Symphony begins its 2009-2010 Pops season with the music of Vampires, Wizards, and Jedi Knights on Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 PM at the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall. Conducted by Akron Symphony Associate Conductor Christopher James Lees, Film Music Fantasies will present selections from the musical scores of such blockbuster film franchises as Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings, Superman, Spider-man, The Wizard of Oz—and the latest sensation Twilight.

The hour-long concert will be preceded by family activities beginning at 2 PM in the E.J. Thomas Hall lobbies, including an instrument petting zoo and a costume contest. Tickets are on sale now from $12-$25 for adults. Child/student admission is only $5.00 each. Akron Symphony Pops season tickets are also still available at a 50% savings off of regular price for new buyers. Each adult season pass includes 2 free child/student tickets.


Film Music Fantasies
“Vampires, Wizards and Jedi Knights”
Sunday, October 17, 2009
E.J. Thomas Hall, 3 PM
Pre-concert activities at 2 PM

Works To Be Performed:
– Williams: Main Title from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
– Elfman: Music from Spider-man
– Williams: Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Theme
– Shore: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Symphonic Suite
– Arlen: The Wizard of Oz Medley
– Williams: Symphonic Suite from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
– Various: Star Trek through the Years
– Burwell: Bella’s Lullaby from Twilight
– Williams: Superman March

Pre-Concert Activities
– Beginning at 2:00 PM in E.J. Thomas Hall Lobbies
– Costume Contest: come early dressed as your favorite movie character and register for our costume contest
– Instrument Petting Zoo: touch and play selected symphony instruments

Tickets On Sale Now:
– Adults: $12, $16, $20, $25
– Child/Student: $5
– Order by phone: 330-535-8131
– Order online: Ticketmaster.com

– Series Sponsor: The Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust
– Pre-Concert Activities Sponsor: Akron Canton Airport
– Media Partners: Akron Life & Leisure Magazine, Akron Family Magazine

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Akron Symphony with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The University of Akron also supports the Akron Symphony and its programs.

Attributable to Christopher James Lees, Associate Conductor, Akron Symphony:

“Whether John Williams’ heroic themes evoke Luke Skywalker’s intergalactic journey away from home or the fanciful airborne adventures in a Hogwarts quidditch match, these scores take us to places filled with color and imagination.

“This concert will instantly transport you back to the first time you saw The Wizard of Oz, Spider-man or Star Trek.”

“We’re capping things off with a special performance of Bella’s Lullaby from the recent hit, Twilight.”

The Akron Symphony will present music from Star Wars and other Hollywood blockbusters, October 25 at E.J. Thomas Hall at 3 PM


For nearly 60 years, the Akron Symphony Orchestra has been a driving musical force throughout the Greater Akron area. Widely recognized for musical excellence and performance versatility, it is committed to meeting the needs of its community.

The Akron Symphony Orchestra began in 1949 when Mabel Lamborn Graham received $500 as “seed money” from the publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal with the instruction to begin raising money for a professional, union orchestra. After three years of intense fundraising, spearheaded by Mrs. Graham and other dedicated volunteers, the Akron Symphony’s Classic Series was established in the organization’s first season (1952-1953) to provide concerts performed by professional musicians of the highest caliber. Guest conductors and soloists of regional and national stature have been an integral part of the Classic Series since its onset, and remain a high priority for the Symphony.

The Akron Symphony Orchestra is operated by the Greater Akron Musical Association (GAMA). GAMA is committed to providing quality symphonic an choral music, through performances and educational programs, to the largest number of people possible in the greater Akron area. This mission is realized by operating the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Orchestras, Akron Symphony Chorus, and numerous special outreach and educational programs.