I.F. Symphony goes to the movies

The Idaho Falls Symphony will honor the work of a legendary American composer with the John Williams’ Movie Music Spectacular, in two shows scheduled for March 9 and 10 at the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts, 501 S. Holmes Ave.

Williams created the music for some of Hollywood’s biggest hits, including “Star Wars” to “Superman” and “Jurassic Park.”

“The movies wouldn’t be the same without great music,” Dr. Thomas Heuser, music director of the Idaho Falls Symphony, said in a news release. “And we are thrilled to present the music of John Williams. This music is universally loved by audiences young and old, and my hope is that it inspires our listeners — especially our Family Concert audience — to appreciate the descriptive power of the orchestra.”

The release said the show builds bridges in the community through the power of orchestral music.

“Movie music is something almost everyone can identify with and appreciate, and serves as a great first meeting with the symphony orchestra for those who are unfamiliar,” Alekzandria Peugh, Executive Director of the Idaho Falls Symphony, said in the release.

The full-length show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 9. The night begins with a pre-concert discussion with Heuser at 6:30. A second show, for families with younger children, is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 10. The Saturday show also includes a free “Instrument Petting Zoo” hosted by Chesbro Music at 1 p.m. in the auditorium lobby.

Adult tickets range from $15-40 for the March 9 show and $15 for the Saturday show. A Saturday family ticket, which admits two adults and two children from a household, is $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ifsymphony.org.

Youth symphony fundraiser

The Idaho Falls Youth Symphony, which features many of the top young musicians from eastern Idaho, will hold a fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, 2000 Channing Way. Perkins will donate the entire amount of dinner checks during that time to the youth symphony.

In addition, members of the youth symphony will perform light music while you eat.

For more information on the youth symphony, visit ifsymphony.org/index.php/youth-symphony/homepage.