Assistant Conductor Andrés Franco

Assistant Conductor Andrés Franco

The 2016-2017 Scottish Rite Cathedral series season ends with a bang as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor Andrés Franco take the audience to worlds beyond imagination with “The Music of John Williams” on May 5.

Franco will lead the orchestra in a rousing, heart-pounding night of music from legendary composer John Williams. The evening includes music from “Harry Potter,” “Far and Away,” “Star Wars” — including music from “The Force Awakens,” “Hook,” “Superman” and “Indiana Jones.” Patrons are welcome to attend the concert in costume.

A frequent guest conductor in the United States, Europe and South America, Franco formerly served as music director of the Philharmonia of Kansas City, as associate and resident conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony, and as Leonard Slatkin’s assistant conductor during the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Franco is a native of Columbia and is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the Americas. As principal conductor of Caminos del Inka, he has led many performances of works by Latin American composers, such as Jimmy López, Diego Luzuriaga and the famous Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. May 5. Tickets, ranging in price from $16 to $59, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at (412) 392-4900 or visiting

The Scottish Rite Cathedral will offer a pre-concert buffet dinner before each Pittsburgh Symphony concert from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $22 per person and reservations are required. Call (724) 654-6683 (option 3 then option 2) or email for reservations or more information.

The Pittsburgh Symphony’s Send Students to the Symphony program at the Scottish Rite Cathedral is supported, in part, by The Almira Foundation, the May Emma Hoyt Foundation, and the Nordson Corporation Foundation.

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