John Williams, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and the SF Symphony Give World Premiere Performance of Helena’s Theme (Violin Arrangement) from ‘Indiana Jones 5’, 2/14/23

February 14, 2023, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin


  • Sound the Bells!
  • Violin Concerto No. 2 (San Francisco Symphony Premiere)
    I. Prologue
    II. Rounds
    III. Dactyls
    IV. Epilogue
    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
  • Helena’s Theme from Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny – Violin Arrangement (World Premiere Performance)
    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
  • Flight to Neverland from Hook
  • Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • The Duel, from The Adventures of Tintin
    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
  • Nice to be Around, from Cinderella Liberty
    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
  • Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
  • Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars
  • Theme from Schindler’s List
  • Flying Theme from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back


Report from the San Francisco Symphony:

Renowned composer and conductor John Williams and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joined the San Francisco Symphony on February 14, 2023, for a one-night-only performance of Williams’ beloved concert and film music.

Williams—who celebrated his 91st birthday last week on February 8—opened the program with Sound the Bells!—a fanfare Williams wrote in 1993 while on tour in Japan to commemorate the wedding of Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada (now Emperor and Empress of Japan). The centerpiece of the program was Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2, written especially for soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter and premiered with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2021.  

After her performance of Violin Concerto No. 2, Mutter, Williams, and the orchestra surprised audiences with the world premiere performance of a brand-new arrangement of Helena’s Theme from Williams’ score to Indiana Jones 5 (Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny), which will be released in theaters in June 2023.  

The second half of the concert was dedicated to Williams’ world-famous film music, including selections from the composer’s scores to Hook, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Star Wars. Anne-Sophie Mutter returned to perform special adaptations of three film classics—“The Duel,” from The Adventures of Tintin; “Nice to be Around,” from Cinderella Liberty; and “Hedwig’s Theme,” from Harry Potter. Williams and the orchestra closed out the program with three encores: Theme from Schindler’s List, Flying Theme from E.T., and Imperial March from Star Wars. 


OFFICIAL PHOTOS (Courtesy of San Francisco Symphony)

Photo credit: Kristen Loken


Credit: Anne-Sophie Mutter Instagram/Facebook


Williams and trombonist Will Baker


Credit: Fanboy Cantina


Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter

Throne Room and Finale from Star Wars


Flying Theme from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

The Imperial March and final applause