John Williams has been at the musical helm of many of the highest-grossing films of all time
John Williams has been at the musical helm of many of the highest-grossing films of all time

From Jaws to Star Wars to the Indiana Jones and Harry Potter movie franchises, composer John Williams has been at the musical helm of many of the highest-grossing films of all time.

In A Tribute to John Williams (May 7), the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra (VAMSO) brings to life the soundtracks from a number of Williams’ vast repertoire. Here are five reasons we think you should not miss:

1The Perfect Venue

Perfectly suited for a musical extravaganza of this magnitude, There is nothing like listening to live music in the elegant Orpheum Theatre.

2Happy Birthday, John!

Movie buffs, Star Wars nerds, and classical music fans alike will celebrate the 85th birthday of film composer John Williams and his many Oscar-winning achievements. Williams, also known as the “maestro of the movies,” has scored more than 100 films in his career, eight of which are in the top twenty highest-grossing at the U.S. box office.

3In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

It will be a great opportunity to geek out in full Rebel uniforms or Imperial regalia. Not only will fans hear the iconic themes from the original Star Wars movies, they will also be treated to the theme from 2015’s The Force Awakens.

4A Youthful Sound

VAMSO’s 200+ young musicians will be joined by saxophone virtuoso Michael Morimoto, and lead by conductor Kathleen Allan. It’s a rare opportunity to see classical music played at this level by young people, and to be lead by a female conductor.

5A Price Even Lord Vader Would Approve

Tickets are remarkably affordable at only $10 to $15, allowing music fans to bring the entire family, music class, or Rebel Alliance.