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Band’s season opener tips hat to John Williams

The University of North Texas Concert Band opens its season Wednesday night with the music of John Williams — a composer whose award-winning movie scores have become a part of American pop culture.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, off Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard.

“Williams writes beautiful melodies. His music appeals to most people,” Concert Band conductor Nicholas Williams said.

Selections on the program include music from Williams’ movie scores for Star Wars, the Harry Potter films, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List and Catch Me If You Can, as well as music written for the Olympic Games.

UNT violin professor Julia Bushkova will perform with the band on “Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan, and saxophone professor Brad Leali will perform on the theme from Catch Me If You Can. Bushkova has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and in recitals throughout the world. Leali directs the Three O’clock Lab Band and has performed extensively, including with the Harry Connick Jr. Orchestra as lead alto saxophonist and musical director.

Guest conductor and doctoral associate Albert Lo will conduct “Harry’s Wondrous World” from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

— Lucinda Breeding