May the Force and the Music be with You
A somewhat long time ago in a place not too far, far away, a musically-inclined youngster discovered a galaxy filled with colorful figures, dizzying special effects, and amazing compositions that were as essential to the story as the characters themselves. And Aaron Krerowicz's career was born.
Granted, there's a lot more to his life than that. But it's childhood inspiration that Krerowicz will stand on when the traveling professional music scholar presents "The Music of Star Wars: A Celebration of John Williams' Film Scores" at five Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries beginning Sunday, Nov. 12.
Showcasing examples from seven films, Krerowicz will explore how composer John Williams' iconic arrangements helped tell the stories and became part of the Star Wars pop culture phenomenon. The free presentations, which are geared toward adult audiences, will be:
- Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. in Tampa
- Monday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin
- Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 N. Boulevard in Tampa
- Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave. in Tampa
- Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. in Tampa
Here are five interesting things to know about Krerowicz:
- He's a classical musician who can play many instruments, and has degrees in music theory and composition as well as a graduate artist diploma.
- In graduate school he received a grant to study the Beatles. He has made a name for himself as a Beatles music expert, touring the country to talk about the Fab Four's contributions.
- He was young enough when he saw his first Star Wars movie that his father had to read him the subtitles for Jabba the Hut.
- His favorite Stars Wars music moment comes in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, as the Millennium Falcon is being pursued by Imperial forces through an asteroid field.
- Home is Carmel, Indiana.
For more information about the ""The Music of Star Wars: A Celebration of John Williams' Film Scores," call (813) 273-3652 or visit HCPLC.org.