John Williams Conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra
in this Special Program Featuring
His Beloved Film Scores,
Plus New York Premiere of His New Concerto for
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter

(New York, NY, March 31, 2022)—Carnegie Hall presents renowned conductor-composer John Williams, celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra in Across The Stars: The Music of John Williams, a one-night-only gala performance on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. The evening’s program will feature selections from Williams’s beloved Hollywood film scores, including “Flight to Neverland” from Hook, excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, “Donnybrook Fair” from Far & Away, the theme from Cinderella Liberty, Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, and “Throne Room” and Finale from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Also on the program is Williams’s “Sound the Bells!” and the New York premiere of his new violin concerto written especially for Ms. Mutter.

In 2019, Deutsche Grammophon released the critically acclaimed album Across the Stars, an anthology of cinematic themes by John Williams, specifically rewritten for Anne-Sophie Mutter and recorded in Los Angeles at Hollywood’s Sony Pictures Scoring Stage with the Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles. Williams and Mutter have since reunited onstage in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic, and at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops, delighting audiences with these special arrangements. Williams’s new Violin Concerto No. 2 received its world premiere at Tanglewood in July 2021.

The Across the Stars gala benefits Carnegie Hall’s artistic and education programs. Mercedes T. Bass, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, George Lucas, Yo-Yo Ma, Elizabeth Segerstrom, Hope and Robert F. Smith, Steven Spielberg, and Barbra Streisand are Honorary Chairs for this special event. Benefit tickets include prime seating for the concert and entry to either the pre-concert cocktail party ($1,000) in Carnegie Hall’s Rohatyn Room or the post-concert gala dinner with the artists (starting at $2,500) in the Weill Music Room, or both (starting at $5,000). John Williams will be the Guest of Honor at the gala dinner. Tables for groups of eight or 10 are available starting at $25,000. Benefit tickets are available by calling Carnegie Hall’s Special Events office at 212-903-9679 or online at

A limited number of concert-only tickets, priced $80–$265, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at

This special performance will also be heard live by music lovers around the globe as part of the Carnegie Hall Live radio broadcast and digital series. Produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and New Sounds’s John Schaefer, the concert will be broadcast by WQXR 105.9 FM in New York, streamed on and

hursday, April 21, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

John Williams, Conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin

A One-Night-Only Benefit Concert

“Sound the Bells!”
Violin Concerto No. 2 (NY Premiere)
“Flight to Neverland” from Hook
Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
“Donnybrook Fair” from Far & Away
Theme from Cinderella Liberty
Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter
“Throne Room” and Finale from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope