The York Symphony Orchestra has a legendary night in store for its audience in January.

Paul Williams, an award-winning singer, songwriter and actor, will perform with the orchestra during a special SuperPops program.

The event is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. in York City.

"It will be exciting for the audience to enjoy him," said Ken Wesler, the orchestra's executive director. "It's always exciting for our musicians to play with musicians of William's (caliber), a musician who has reached his level."

Event tickets are on sale now at the box office of the Strand-Capitol, where Wesler is president and chief executive officer.

Proceeds from the event will benefit York Symphony programs that include school performances, education programs and community outreach.

His background: Williams has won an Oscar, the Golden Globe and Grammy awards and has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

He wrote popular hits for Three Dog Night, the Carpenters, Helen Reddy, Barbara Streisand and Kermit the Frog.

Among the hit songs Williams wrote are "We've Only Just Begun," "An Old Fashioned Love Song," and "Rainy Days and Mondays."

He also wrote the songs "Evergreen" and "Rainbow Connection" for the films "A Star is Born" and "The Muppet Movie," respectively.

Those songs are part of the American Film Institute's list of the 100 top movie songs of all time.

Williams also was a film actor in the 1970s and 1980s. He is president and chairman of the board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

His life has been chronicled in the documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive." His title song -- "Still Alive" -- for the documentary draw Oscar and Golden Glove nominations for Williams.

Williams recently did a series of live shows in New York with Daft Punk, a French electronic duo. He is co-writing songs for an upcoming animated film and will work with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's stage musical adaptation of film "Pan's Labyrinth."

"(Williams) has this great musical history and he continues to stay relevant to audiences today," Wesler said.

Paul Williams will perform with York Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. in York City.

Tickets can be purchased now at the Strand-Capitol box office or online at For information, call 846-1111.