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Orioles host BSO and honors composer John Williams, who throws out Monday's first pitch

The Baltimore Sun

Legendary composer John Williams was a special guest of the Orioles Monday night, when they faced the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards.

A lifelong baseball fan, Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game, as his five-decade career in the performing arts was recognized. Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s brass and percussion sections, led by music director Marin Alsop, performed a pregame concert of Williams’ works.

Symphony members later accompanied the Stevensville Middle School choir for the national anthem. The Orioles incorporated Williams’ music throughout the game.

Williams, 86, has served as music director for many of Hollywood’s biggest movies, including the Star Wars films, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” the “Indiana Jones” series, “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park” and “Schindler’s List.”

His list of accomplishments is vast. From 1980 to 1993 he was principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding the famed Arthur Fiedler. Williams has received five Academy Awards and 51 Oscar nominations. He has won 24 Grammy Awards, three Emmy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards.

Williams will team with Alsop to lead the BSO on Wednesday for An Evening with John Williams” at 8 p.m. at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

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