John Williams, from Star Wars to Harry Potter
John Williams, from Star Wars to Harry Potter
John Williams, from Star Wars to Harry Potter

John Williams, from Star Wars to Harry Potter

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 – h. 21.30

Conductor Simone Pedroni
Milan Symphony Orchestra


At Festival Como Città della Musica, The Milan Symphony Orchestra will perform an extraordinary tribute concert to film legend John Williams, the American conductor and composer, famous and appreciated for his numerous film scores.

With 53 Oscar nominations, he is the second most nominated individual in film history, after Walt Disney (59). His compositions are considered the epitome of film music, and he is therefore regarded as one of the greatest composers in history.

The Milan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Simone Pedroni, will delight the audience with music from Star Wars to Harry Potter, as well as E.T., Jurassic Park and many other successful movies.


Tickets on sale online on and at the theatre box office from Saturday April 22 at 10 am.

Overture from The Cowboys

Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone

Theme from Jurassic Park

Marion’s Theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark

Adventures On Earth from E.T.

Born On The 4th of July

Devil’s Dance from The Witches of Eastwick

Across The Stars from The Phantom Menace

Throne Room And End Title from Star Wars


Simone Pedroni, student of Piero Rattalino at the ‘G. Verdi’ Conservatory in Milan and of Lazar Berman and Franco Scala at the ‘Incontri col Maestro’ Academy in Imola, won the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition in Texas in 1993. Since then, he has been a soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras and has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Spivakov, Zubin Mehta, Eliahu Inbal, Stanislav Skrowachevsky, Gianadrea Noseda, Roberto Abbado, Antonello Manacorda, Oleg Caetani, Leonard Slatkin, Riccardo Chailly and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has performed at La Scala in Milan, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Herkulessaal in Munich, Filharmonia Narodowa in Warsaw, Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, and in numerous concerts in the USA, Japan and China. Luis Bacalov wrote a Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, commissioned by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, which Pedroni performed with the composer on the podium. From 2007 to 2016 he was artist in residence at the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, with whom he made his debut as conductor in September 2015, achieving great success with a programme dedicated to the music of John Williams for Star Wars that sold out, a success repeated in 2016, 2017 and 2019 and in 2018 also with a programme dedicated to the Spielberg/Williams musical and cinematographic union. He also realised a podium exchange project dedicated to Schumann’s concertos with the Italian Philharmonic Orchestra and cellist Luca Franzetti. He is artistic director of the Alagna Music Festival held every year at the foot of Monterosa. He has recorded music by Mussorgsky, Pärt, Schubert, Scarlatti, Bach/Busoni, Chopin, Gottschalk, Horowitz (titles also available on iTunes) for Philips-Classics, for Bottega Discantica (Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Liszt’s music) and for LOL (Labour of Love). For DECCA, the Concerto in E by Nino Rota ‘Piccolo mondo antico’ with Giuseppe Grazioli and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano. For Varèse Sarabande he released the album John Williams Themes and Transcriptions for piano, an album personally supervised and approved by the American composer. He recently released the double album for SONY CLASSICAL ‘Cinema Morricone’ with American flutist Sara Andon.



Founded in 1993, the Milan Symphonic Orchestra immediately became an essential reference for the great symphonic repertoire in Italy. On its podium, after the founder Vladimir Delman, there have been three music directors of great prestige: Riccardo Chailly (1999 – 2005), whose experience has led the ensemble to establish itself as one of the most relevant national and international symphonic realities, capable of tackling a repertoire ranging from Bach to the cornerstones of 19th-century symphonism up to the music of our time; Zhang Xian (2009 – 2016), the first female conductor to take on such a position in Italy and, finally, Claus Peter Flor, who has led the Orchestra to confront, ever more boldly, the great masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire.

Throughout its history, the Orchestra has hosted some of the most illustrious batons of the second half of the 20th century, from Carlo Maria Giulini to Peter Maag, from Georges Prêtre to Vladimir Fedoseyev, Helmuth Rilling, Patrick Fournillier and Riccardo Muti. Among the great soloists performing in memorable concerts are Martha Argerich, Aldo Ceccato, Tibor Varga, Steven Isserlis, Lilya Zilberstein, Roberto Prosseda, Kolja Blacher and Yefim Bronfman.

In addition to its continuous presence in Milan with a rich symphonic season, the Orchestra is often invited to prestigious halls in Italy and abroad. Among the most representative engagements: in 2013, Verdi’s year and the Orchestra’s 20th birthday, saw the ensemble starring in a tour in Germany and the prestigious participation in the BBC Proms with Maestro Zhang Xian. Also in 2013, the performance of Mahler’s grandiose Eighth Symphony at the MiCo – Milano Congressi trade fair, which marked Chailly’s return to conducting the Orchestra.

Recent engagements include: in 2016, three concerts by the symphony orchestra at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg and a performance by the String Quartet in Kuwait; in 2017, the symphonic ensemble performed in St. Petersburg, invited on the occasion of the International Economic Forum, and in France at the Festival de La Chaise-Dieu (for two concerts with Verdi’s Requiem). In 2018, the acclaimed performances at the KKL in Lucerne: a concert with Flor and Khatia Buniathisvili and two performances of West Side Story conducted by Ernst van Tiel.

Parallel to its concert activity, the Orchestra has developed an intense recording activity, releasing more than thirty records, ranging from Verdi’s and Rossini’s repertoire to the great romantic and Russian symphonies.

In November 2022, the MSO toured Spain and gave concerts in Amsterdam. In January 2023, the Orchestra returned to Lucerne for several concerts.

I e II AREA: 22€ + 3€ prev.

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In case of rain or unfavorable weather, Arena performances will be held on the same evening at Teatro Sociale di Como, without sets. If the performance is interrupted after the beginning of the show, because of bad weather conditions, tickets are non-refundable.

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  • I AREA corresponds to the stalls and boxes;
  • II AREA correspond to the galleries.