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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Staff Pick

When: Fri., Feb. 19, 8 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 20, 7 p.m. 2016
Phone: 1-800-745-3000
Price: $25-$65
John Williams is the Mozart of movie scores. Or maybe the Michael Jackson. Really, no matter how you order your musical deities, there’s no getting around the fact that the composer is a big deal. By simple virtue of writing most of the film soundtracks you can hum — Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park, Harry Potter — he’s guaranteed his place at the top of the heap. And yet we know Williams almost exclusively for those hummable themes, mostly ignoring the fact that there’s another two hours of music written for all of those films. All of which makes the San Antonio Symphony’s upcoming performance of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark such an enticing opportunity, providing a chance to explore one of Williams’ greatest scores beyond the “Bum-Ba-BUM-BAAA-Bum-Ba-BAAA” you’ve probably got in your head right now. Under the direction of visiting conductor Emil de Cou, the orchestra will showcase the score’s full range, including the eerie “In the Jungle,” the rousing “Airplane Flight” and the literally face-melting “The Miracle of the Ark.” Beyond all that, the chance to see Steven Spielberg’s 1981 classic in a space like The Majestic is almost as good as hearing the live symphonic soundtrack.


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