Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams

Fri, July 19, 2024 6:30 pm


Grant Park Orchestra

Anthony Parnther, conductor

Jeremy Black, violin



Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark

Theme from Jurassic Park

Remembrances from Schindler’s List

The Flight to Neverland from Hook

Nimbus 2000 from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Adventures on Earth from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial


Main Title from Star Wars: A New Hope

Princess Leia’s Theme from Star Wars: A New Hope

Imperial March from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Yoda’s Theme from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Rey’s Theme from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Across the Stars from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

The Forest Battle from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Throne Room and End Title from Star Wars: A New Hope



Jay Pritzker Pavilion


Approx. 110 minutes including 20 minute intermission



This concert is generously supported by the Mazza Foundation and American Accents Series Sponsor AbelsonTaylor Group.


Anthony Parnther


American conductor Anthony Parnther has forged a singularly unique career that melds his love for the music of all genres with his prowess as a conductor, bassoonist, opera singer, producer, storyteller, comedian, and activist.

Anthony is the Music Director of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra in San Bernardino, California. He has conducted a long list of the world’s greatest artists in virtually every genre, including Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman, Yundi Li, Lynn Harrell, Frederica von Stade, Roderick Williams, The Canadian Brass, Rihanna, Jennifer Holliday, Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, Omar Apollo, Ry X, Zedd, and Alan Walker.

Parnther is in demand to conduct symphonic, opera, contemporary, avant-garde, popular music, and film scores, internationally. He has led many of the preeminent orchestras in North America with recent performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony. In the upcoming season, Anthony will lead the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony.

Dedicated to music education, Parnther has served in residency, guest conducted, and lectured at conservatories and music festivals nationally, including Cleveland Institute of Music, Music Academy of the West, Indiana University, California State University – Long Beach and San Bernardino,  University of California – Los Angeles, and the University of California – Berkeley’s Young Musician’s Program. He is a co-founder of the Rise Diversity Project at Musicians at Play, which provides inner-city students the opportunity to mentor side by side with professional session musicians on the scoring stages of Hollywood.

He has premiered and recorded works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Anthony Davis, George Walker, and Anne Lanzilotti, in addition to the works of Jon Batiste, Kris Bowers, Tamar-kali Brown, Florence Price, Adolphus Hailstork, Zenobia Powell Perry, Errollyn Wallen, John Wineglass, Gary Powell Nash, Marian Harrison, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, James Wilson, Phillip Herbert, Daniel Kidane, Chanda Dancy, and James Newton. In 2015, Los Angeles’ KCET/TV profiled Anthony as a “Local Hero” for his extensive community outreach and advocacy for performing works by Black, Latino, and Women artists.

On the scoring stages of Los Angeles, London, Nashville, Budapest, and San Francisco, Anthony has led and conducted recording sessions for many of the world’s most beloved film, television, and game franchises. Recent film projects include Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Creed III, Ghostbusters: Afterlife,  Nope, Tenet, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. His animation credits include Encanto, Diaries of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules, Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild, and Turning Red. He has also led the scores for such beloved TV series as American Dad, Arcane, Fargo, Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Star Wars: Book of Boba Fett, and games like League of Legends, Guild Wars, and Lamplighters League.

Jeremy Black


Jeremy Black became concertmaster of the Grant Park Orchestra in 2005 and has been principal second violin of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2017. Black has been invited to perform as guest concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic, and in the violin sections of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Cleveland Orchestra.

As a soloist and leader, Jeremy Black has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Pittsburgh Live Chamber Ensemble, and in subscription concerts with the Chicago String Ensemble and Evanston Symphony. Highlights include a performance of the Dvořák Violin Concerto with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with Pinchas Zuckerman and the Grant Park Orchestra. Other solo performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony include concertos by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi, and works by Sarasate, Piazzolla, and John Williams. He has also given recitals at Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, and Duquesne Universities, West Liberty State College, and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Jeremy Black is sought-after as a teacher as well as a performer. He maintains an active private studio, is the coach of Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s competitive Montgomery Fellowship Quartet program, and is the first violin coach for the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) and Three Rivers Young People’s Orchestra (YPO). He has given master classes at many schools and universities, including Roosevelt University, Penn State University, Sphinx Performance Academy at Northwestern University, and Midwest Young Artists. His students have been accepted to top American music schools and have performed as concertmasters of both PYSO and YPO.

Jeremy Black was applauded for his “musical fire” and “effortless technique” by the Chicago Tribune for his debut performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 12, winning first prize in the nationally broadcast 1991 Illinois Bell/WTTW Young Performers Competition. He won first prizes in the University of Michigan and Case Western Reserve University concerto competitions, the Society of American Musicians Competition, the Nordic Musical Arts Competition, and the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.

A native of Evanston, Illinois, Jeremy Black studied with the late Mark Zinger, a former student and colleague of David Oistrakh. His secondary education began in 1996 at Case Western Reserve University where he studied with Linda Cerone at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He then pursued his master’s degree with Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan.

Jeremy Black resides in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood with his wife, Kate, and their two sons. He plays a violin made by Lorenzo and Tommaso Carcassi, dated 1783.