Film composer John Williams starts every Star Wars movie with a bang. With one iconic opening chord, viewers are instantly swept into a cinematic universe that’s held together not by one director or writer, but by one composer. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, that one opening chord will begin a fantastic concert with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

The Grand Rapids Pops presents Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams with some of Williams’ best known music, with a few surprising melodies thrown in for good measure, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, May 11-13 in DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

Williams has collected 24 Grammy Awards, five Academy Awards, and 51 Oscar nominations over the course of his 5 decades-long career. Luke, Leia, and Harry would be so proud.

You'll hear selections from all 3 Star Wars trilogies, songs from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, and several other films.

For the finale of this year’s Fox Motors Pops series, Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt will conduct.

Tickets start at $18 and are available at the GRS ticket office, weekdays 9 am-5 pm at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder Plaza), or by calling 616.454.9451 x 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.)

Tickets are available at the DeVos Place box office, weekdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or on the day of the concert beginning two hours prior to the performance. Tickets also may be purchased online at

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