Phoenix Symphony raises $600,000 for new programs

Hollywood star power helped the Phoenix Symphony raise more than $600,000 for its education and engagement programs.

Last month’s benefit concert conducted by Academy Award winner John Williams, which also featured an appearance by award-winning director Steven Spielberg, brought in a record amount for a benefit show.

The Sept. 28 one-night-only performance was a fundraiser that combined two Hollywood titans, iconic music scores and a selection of film clips spanning the duo’s collaborative career to benefit the Phoenix Symphony’s education and community engagement programs.

More than 2,200 attendees heard selections from some of Williams’ most popular and iconic scores including “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “Jaws” and “Schindler’s List.”

“What an honor to have such an incredible benefit concert with two of the biggest names from Hollywood, maestro John Williams and legendary film director Steven Spielberg,” said Jim Ward, symphony president and CEO. “My sincere thanks to our special guests for donating their time and tremendous talent and to our event sponsors for demonstrating a commitment to music education.”