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Jones-ing for musical adventure?

Jones-ing for musical adventure?

Sequoia Symphony kicks off 60th season playing live score to the film that launched Indiana Jones franchise in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’


VISALIA – Indiana Jones will jump off the screen and into the Visalia Fox Theatre this month, or at least the music will.

To celebrate the opening of its 60th season, the Sequoia Symphony will play the musical score live to the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in two concerts, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Visalia Fox Theatre. The film score to the 1981 Steven Speilberg film was directed by John Williams. It was nominated for an Academy Award but was edged out by the equally iconic score from “Chariots of Fire.”

Symphony orchestras playing live to well-known films have become popular across the country. This will be the third time the symphony has played with a film: “Psycho” in 2013 and “Casablanca” in 2014. The concerts were big hits, but renting the film and equipment is very expensive. So the symphony went back to playing its more traditional “movie theme” concerts in 2015.

“But this is a big year for us—our 60th anniversary, and we wanted to pull out all the stops,” said Music Director Bruce Kiesling. “Compared to ‘Psycho’ and ‘Casablanca,’ ‘Raiders’ has a lot more music, and a lot to sync up. So this is the next level of a live movie performance.” 

“Psycho’ used just strings, and “Casablanca” didn’t have that much music. This time, the music requires a large orchestra, especially a large percussion section. 

This classic adventure film starring Harrison Ford is appropriate for all ages, and the symphony hopes it will be a fun family activity. Tickets are available at the symphony office, 208 W. Main St., Visalia (downstairs in Montgomery Square), by calling 559 732-8600 or online at www.sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com. 

Tickets are $25-$50. Student prices with student body card are $10. During its 60th season, the symphony is offering a limited number of tickets to every concert for only $1, the cost of tickets 60 years ago. These legacy tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to availability and location in the theatre. They can only be purchased in person at the symphony office the week of the concert. The hope is that this special pricing will encourage first-time symphony goers to attend a concert. 

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