Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association to perform works by John Williams on Saturday

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Quincy Symphony Orchestra | Photo courtesy of Quincy Symphony Orchestra

QUINCY — The Quincy Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Bruce Briney, will commemorate prolific film composer John Williams at its Saturday, Feb. 10, concert which will begin at 3 p.m. at Quincy Junior High School.

Williams has written music for more than 100 films, including some of the most recognizable songs in the movie industry. He has composed many orchestral works, anthems and special occasion music. He was the conductor of the Boston Pops from 1980-93 and has been nominated for more than 50 Academy Awards (winning five) and 20 Grammy awards. He was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 2004 and in 2009 the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to an artist by the U.S. government, for his significant achievements in symphonic film music.

The QSO will perform William’s works from “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “E.T.,” “Indiana Jones” and others. This music is not only highly evocative of the films but also full of complexity and depth. A special performance of “Born on the Fourth of July” will feature Briney as trumpet soloist. Briney has master’s and doctorate degrees in performance. His career includes many ensembles, orchestras and studio recordings.

This concert continues the QSO’s long-established tradition of featuring the winner of the Martha McCrory Young Artist Competition. In its 69th year, the competition provides outstanding high school musicians the opportunity to perform as concert soloists, accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

The 2024 champion is Renee Blunier of Nauvoo, a daughter of Joe and Karen Blunier and a junior at Warsaw High School. She has been a member of the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra for four years, is a two-year member of the ILMEA All-State Orchestra and is the winner of the 2023 Marilyn Minford McCoid Young Artist Competition with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Renee plans to major in music performance at Western Illinois University to fulfill her dreams of playing oboe.

Blunier will receive a cash prize and perform movements from Benedetto Marcello’s “Oboe Concerto in C Minor” with the QSO on Feb. 10.

A side-by-side performance of “The Olympic Spirit” with the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra will lend extra vibrancy to this event. Williams wrote this piece for NBC’s coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. QAYO conductor Rich Cangro will direct the adult and youth musicians for this piece.

Single tickets are available in advance from Quincy HyVee, Sturhahn Jewelers and at QSOA.org. Single ticket prices are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors 62 years and older. Thanks to support from the Community Foundation and the Tracy Family Foundation, children 18 and under are admitted free to all concerts and are encouraged to attend. Audience members are welcome to dress in their favorite movie costumes.

The concert sponsor is Niemann Foods. Hugo and Maurine Magliocco are the music sponsors. The 2023-24 QSOA season sponsors are Blessing Hospital and The Knapheide Manufacturing Company.

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