Kennedy Center to celebrate composer John Williams’ 90th birthday

WASHINGTON, DC — The Kennedy Center and the National Symphony Orchestra will host a three-day festival in June to honor composer John Williams as he celebrates his 90th birthday.

Williams, a five-time Academy Award winner and 25-time Grammy Award winner, and 2004 Kennedy Center winner, will be recognized at three evenings of concerts and events at the Kennedy Center.

“John’s extraordinary music has transcended its original use in film to become part of the standard orchestral repertoire,” NSO executive director Gary Ginstling said in a statement Thursday. “The NSO is honored to celebrate an incredible work by one of America’s favorite composers.”

On June 22, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform Williams’ complete score of Steven Spielberg’s “ET the Extra-Terrestrial” at the screening of the film. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. and will be played at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

Williams’ 90th birthday gala concert will take place at 7 p.m. on June 23 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The anniversary concert will feature the National Symphony Orchestra with many special guests including Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Spielberg and Anne-Sophie Mutter.

On June 24, “Jurassic Park” will screen at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall as the National Symphony Orchestra performs Williams’ music for the film. The public is invited to join a special pre-concert Q&A with John Williams and Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets for ET the Extra-Terrestrial in Concert and Jurassic Park in Concert, which range from $29 to $99, and John Williams: The 90th Birthday Gala Concert, which range from $99 to $199, are on sale now to members of the Kennedy Center and will continue on sale to the general public on January 20 at noon.

Tickets are available at the Kennedy Center Box Office, online at and by phone through Instant Charge at 202-467-4600.

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