Jurassic Park in Concert

Last night, I attended the symphony. This wasn’t a stuffy, dress your best and sit there falling asleep sort of symphony. This was an exciting, relaxed evening where you saw as many people in jeans and tee shirts as you did in business attire. In the lobby, as many walked around with bottles of beer as they did glasses of wine. Better yet? There were children in the audience and there was a sense of excitement in the air. The reason? They symphony was showing Jurassic Park with a twist. This time, instead of the recorded sound track, the orchestra played the John Williams score. It was like going to the movies to watch the movie but with a much better sound track.

In short, it was awesome!

John Williams is one of the most talented composers of our time. It would take more time than I have at the moment to name all the memorial scores he has penned. Just a few of them include Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Saving Private Ryan and Munich. If it is a Steven Spielberg movie, there’s a very good chance Williams wrote the score.

Sitting in the concert hall, watching the movie and hearing the score soaring brought back the joy of seeing Jurassic Park for the first time. Hearing the reactions of some of the young kids who had never seen the movie before made it even better. Watching it on a big screen, I saw things I’d forgotten about, small things you miss on the smaller screen.

I applaud the DSO and other symphonies who are putting on not only Jurassic Park in Concert but other movies as well. It is an awesome way to introduce the symphony to new–and younger–fans. The trend continues later this year with Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert. Yes, I already have my tickets. I am a huge DSO fan. Add in my enjoyment of John Williams’ work and I have no doubt that evening will be as enjoyable as last night was.

To remind everyone just how good Williams is, here are a couple of examples.


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