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Hollywood Museum honors Oscar-winning composer John Williams

August 28, 2013|By Susan King
  • Composer John Williams will conduct his annual concert at the Hollywood Bowl -- "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies" -- this weekend, coinciding with an exhibit dedicated to his work at the Hollywood Museum.
Composer John Williams will conduct his annual concert at the Hollywood… (AFP/Getty Images )

It's a big weekend for composer John Williams. Not only is he conducting his annual concert at the Hollywood Bowl -- "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies," Friday and Saturday evenings with special guest narrator Julie Andrews -- the Hollywood Museum is also opening a new exhibit featuring costumes, props, posters and photos from the blockbusters and classics for which he's composed, including "Jurassic Park," "Superman" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Williams, 81,  has received 48 Academy Award nominations and won the Oscar five times: for "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971), "Jaws" (1975),  "Star Wars" (1977),  "E.T." (1982) and "Schindler's List" (1993).

"John Williams is considered one of the greatest film composers of all time, with a career spanning more than six decades," said Donelle Dadigan, president and founder of the Hollywood Museum.

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Dadigan also is the president and founder of the Jose Iturbi Foundation, which is sponsoring the Bowl concerts.

"This is a wonderful collaboration of two nonprofits in Hollywood -- the Hollywood Museum, which is dedicated to showcasing Hollywood legends, and the Jose Iturbi Foundation, dedicated to 'popularizing classic music one note at a time' for public benefit," Dadigan said. "We are proud to spotlight his legendary movies with this special exhibit."

The exhibit will continue until the end of the year.

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