"Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark" kicks off the opening of Utah Symphony's 2017-18 Films in Concert Series Featured

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 30, 2017) – On September 7 and8 at 7 PM, the Utah Symphony Films in Concert series opens in Abravanel Hall with the film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones. Relive the ultimate great adventure “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in Concert featuring John Williams’ epic score, which received an Oscar nomination for best original score, performed live to picture by the Utah Symphony with guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos. Tickets are priced from $32-$77 and can be purchased at http://www.utahsymphony.orgor by calling (801) 533-6683.

The year is 1936, and professor of archeology and “obtainer of rare antiquities” Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is tasked by U.S. Army Intelligence to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. Indy’s quest takes him to Nepal and Egypt, reuniting him with an old friend (John Rhys-Davies), an old foe (Paul Freeman), and an ex-flame (Karen Allen) who falls somewhere in between.  Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world.

In a career that spans five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. Mr. Williams has composed the music and served as music director for many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films. He has received a variety of prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Olympic Order, and numerous Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. He remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices.

Constantine Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera and symphony. In a 2002 review of Baz Luhrman’s reimagining of “La bohème,” The New York Times noted that “[Mr.] Kitsopoulos makes the supple, sensitive orchestra sound like an extension of thought.” Mr. Kitsopoulos conducts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Royal Albert Hall, and for musical theater, where he can be found leading orchestras on Broadway.

“This film series shows our commitment to creating exciting programming that inspires a whole new generation of symphony goers,” said Utah Symphony | Utah Opera President and CEO Paul Meecham. Future performances in the film series will include Tim Burton’s delightful animated film “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” which will screen on October 24 in anticipation of the favorite holiday of many Utahns-Halloween. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™,” the second Harry Potter film in the series, will be presented on December 21, 22, and 23. The series concludes with the world premiere concert accompanying the Western film classic “High Noon” on February 17, 2018.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” in Concert is produced by Film Concerts Live!, a joint-venture of IMG Artists and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency. “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd and Paramount Pictures.  Motion Picture, Artwork, Photos © 1981 Lucasfilm Ltd.  All Rights Reserved.


The Utah Symphony and United Concerts present “Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark” in Concert at Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre (2375 Olympus Dr.) in Pocatello, Idaho on September 9 at 7 PM. Tickets start at $20. For more information visit uconcerts.com/event/raiders-of-the-lost-ark/


The Utah Symphony presents
“Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark” in Concert
September 7-8, 2017 | 7 PM | Abravanel Hall

Constantine Kitsopoulos, Conductor
Utah Symphony          

Tickets are priced from $32-$77 and can be purchased at http://www.utahsymphony.orgor by calling (801) 533-6683.Tickets increase $5 on the day of the performance.

About the Utah Symphony
Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony performs more than 175 concerts each season and offers all Utahns easy access to world-class live musical performances of the world’s greatest music in the state’s top venues. Since being named the orchestra’s seventh music director in 2009, Thierry Fischer has attracted leading musicians and top soloists, refreshed programming, drawn increased audiences, and galvanized community support. In addition to numerous regional and domestic tours, including the Mighty 5® Tour of Utah’s national parks, the Utah Symphony has embarked on seven international tours and performed at Carnegie Hall in Spring 2016 coinciding with the orchestra’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The Utah Symphony has released more than 100 recordings, including the new release of Mahler Symphony No. 1 last fall. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra’s parent organization, reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving around140,000 students annually. In addition to performances in its home in Salt Lake City, Abravanel Hall, and concerts throughout the state of Utah, the Utah Symphony participates in Utah Opera's four annual productions at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre and presents the six-week Deer Valley® Music Festival each summer in Park City, Utah. With its many subscription, education, and outreach concerts and tours, the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation. For more information visit www.utahsymphony.org


Season Sponsor for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.
2017-18 Films in Concert Series Sponsor: Zions Bank