Pink Martini lead vocalist Storm Large. (Laura Domela)

San Francisco Symphony celebrates summer with Pink Martini's Storm Large, epic film screenings + more

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This summer, the SF Symphony features iconic films, popular musicians, brilliant vocalists, and classical greats—there's something for everyone.

The SF Symphony's summer concert series begins on a wailing high note with a concert dedicated to an American musical legend and the king of epic film scores, composer John Williams. On July 6th and 7th, The Music of John Williams returns with an all-new selection of the composer's greatest works from some movies you may have heard of—you know, like Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter. But this time, a live orchestra will make every piece all the more dramatic. Williams's iconic score will also be featured July 13-14 in a full film screening and live orchestral performance of Jaws.

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But it's not just action and fantasy movies. From the poignant and heartrending songs of Edith Piaf to the spirited "Can-Can," the San Francisco Symphony celebrates all things French with Pink Martini's force of nature, vocalist Storm Large. After watching Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor fly through the air, all you ever wanted was to experience the spectacle and exuberance of France's most infamous club, the Moulin Rouge. And now you can-can, at A Night at the Moulin Rouge on Saturday July 8.

Following previous success, acclaimed vocalist and American musician Rhiannon Giddens joins the SFS on July 20 for Gershwin & Bernstein, an evening of American classical and roots music. Hear a musical portrait of a bustling city in Gershwin's An American in Paris. Then, listen for syncopated Latin rhythms telling the story of the impossible romance of two star-crossed lovers in Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. That'll have you snapping your fingers like a shark all night.

Then, for those of us more into guitars and hipster glasses, Ben Folds joins the SF Symphony on July 21 for a concert of hits spanning his decades-long career as a solo artist and frontman of the alternative rock trio Ben Folds Five. One of the major music influencers of his generation, this multitalented musician brought us hits like "Brick," "Annie Waits," and "The Luckiest."

Tickets are now on sale, but last year all the tickets sold out, so get a move on! Visit sfsymphony.org for the full line-up.

(Courtesy of SF Symphony)

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