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Jean Oelrich
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It's Movie Night! Pacific Symphony "SummerFest" Delivers Thrills, Chills and Big Scary Dinosaurs, as the Orchestra Performs John Williams Knockout Score for "Jurassic Park"!

Orange County, Calif. — July 24, 2017

Jurassic Park

It’s a soundtrack 65 million years in the making! Pass the popcorn and hold on tight as the action-packed blockbuster movie “Jurassic Park” is shown on the big screen, with John Williams’ thrilling score performed live by Pacific Symphony. Masterfully directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Michael Crichton, “Jurassic Park” transports the audience to a secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs. One of the most thrilling science-fiction adventures ever made, and featuring one of Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores, “Jurassic Park” transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation. It not only won three Academy Awards, “Jurassic Park” also became the highest-grossing film of its time in 1993. 

This exciting movie-concert experience takes place at the Pacific Amphitheatre at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, the Symphony’s new summer home, where the orchestra continues to perform throughout the 2017 summer season. The third concert of the series, “Jurassic Park,” led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, takes place Saturday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$99. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

“The music of John Williams is extraordinary,” says Maestro Kaufman. “When I first heard this score, I was amazed by how John can see some grass, trees and a bunch of dinosaurs and come up with a thrilling, descriptive and superb score. Hearing it played live as the film is shown on a huge screen above the orchestra will thrill our summer series audience! Not many people have the chance to visit a Hollywood recording stage…well, hearing and seeing ‘Jurassic Park’ live in concert is as close as you can get to that kind of unique and thrilling experience.”

Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking, with pre-concert entertainment by the Orange County Wind Ensemble taking place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Plaza Pacifica entrance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food, wine and non-alcoholic beverages onto the premises; but glass containers and glassware are not permitted inside the amphitheater. A variety of food and beverages are available for purchase at the concession stands inside the amphitheater. Vendor options from Spectra are onsite to serve up tasty selections. Picnic tables are available at the Plaza Pacifica entrance, or patrons may prefer to picnic at their seats.

Then it’s time to remember the hair-raising, goose-bump inducing fun of one of the most exciting adventures to ever hit the big screen, when the Symphony performs live Williams’ one-of-a-kind score to the full-length movie “Jurassic Park,” led by the Symphony’s remarkable movie maestro, Kaufman. “Jurassic Park” transports the audience to a fantastical, secluded island where scientists have succeeded in reviving the age of dinosaurs in a brand-new, immersive theme park, the likes of which have never been seen before. The audience is swept away in this thrill-a-minute pursuit by creatures of the past. And while the dinosaurs in the movie are created through special effects, the reason they live and breathe and amaze us to such an extent has a lot to do with Williams’ music.

“This is, without a doubt, one of John Williams’ finest scores,” says Kaufman. “It captures every emotion on the screen, as well as driving the energy of the movie. John’s music doesn’t just accompany the action, it not only looks deeply into each character’s eyes, it takes us on a journey into their minds. In this film, that’s quite a journey!”

During the blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour the island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find that this is not the case at all—when a variety of ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt! It’s a tense, taut, exhilarating ride with music to soothe the ravaged heart. There are few moments that will not leave the audience breathless.

“Films such as ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Jaws,’ to mention just a couple of classics,” says Kaufman, “are like spending time in a dark room, never knowing when something will jump out from the darkness and scare the pants off you!” says Kaufman. “Whether it’s in the water with the shark, or trying to escape the deadly jaws of the tyrannosaurus rex, John’s music takes the listener on a wild ride that stays with you long after the film is over.”

Movies in concert are a hot commodity these days and this one could not be more exciting, no matter how many times it has been seen. “Jurassic Park” is just the latest blockbuster to get the symphonic treatment in what has become an increasingly popular form of entertainment for Pacific Symphony and so many other orchestras. Other Williams-scored movies that have made it to the Symphony’s concert stage in recent years include: “Home Alone” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Also featured has been “Star Trek,” whose score was written by Michael Giacchino.

“Everyone has their favorite movie and favorite film music,” says Kaufman. “Motion pictures are a part of our lives in the present and in our past. To hear film music live is not only a musical ‘feast’ for the ears, but also for the eyes! Watching 80+ musicians bringing to life the music of John Williams is an unforgettable and unique experience no one should pass up.”

Pacific Symphony’s new summer home may be new to some (after 30 years at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre), but patrons should be assured that they will find the same high-quality, idyllic summer experience as in the past at Pacific Amphitheatre. In fact, patrons are enjoying new perks, including all-new remodeled seats and a casual, inviting and intimate atmosphere. Warm, pleasant evenings, picnics overflowing with goodies, surrounded by family and friends and pre-concert entertainment—and of course, exhilarating music—all remain part of the annual Symphony experience.

SummerFest 2017 is made possible by supporting sponsor, The Orange County Register, Westin South Coast Plaza and media sponsors PBS SoCal, K-Earth 101, KPCC and KUSC.