Utah Symphony presents full length screening of “Ghostbusters” as the orchestra performs the soundtrack live to picture

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Oct. 19, 2017) – On November 2 and 3 at 7 PM, the Utah Symphony Films in Concert series will haunt Abravanel Hall with “Ghostbusters in Concert,” the 1980s cult classic about a team of Columbia University scientists who wage a high-tech battle against the supernatural, with the musical score performed live to picture by the Utah Symphony. This special event includes one of the state’s largest costume contests, with winners scoring access to a plethora of passes and tickets to local Salt Lake City museums and events. Led by Guest Conductor Peter Bernstein, tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683.

The much-beloved blockbuster put Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man firmly on the map of popular culture. Peter Bernstein, son of the score’s composer Elmer Bernstein, conducts the Utah Symphony as they perform the iconic score live while the full-length feature film “Ghostbusters” plays out on the big screen. “Ghostbusters” was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and produced and directed by Ivan Reitman.

Academy Award winning film composer Elmer Bernstein’s credits included “The Man With the Golden Arm,” “The Ten Commandments,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Age of Innocence” and about 200 others.

His son, Peter Bernstein, was a touring bass player, band member, session player, arranger and record producer who orchestrated all or part of almost all of his father’s scores from 1974-1986. Orchestration credits include “Animal House,” “Trading Places” and “Ghostbusters,” as well as the scored portions of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.

The Utah Symphony’s 2018-19 Films in Concert series opened with a feature presentation of “Jurassic Park” in Concert at USANA Amphitheatre on September 8. It continues with “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ In Concert,” the third Harry Potter film in the series, on November 29, 30 and December 1; Academy Award® winner for Best Picture, “Casablanca,” will follow on March 1 and 2; the adventures of Luke Skywalker and John Williams’ epic score will hit the screen with “Star Wars: A New Hope” on May 9, 11 and 13; and the fourth Harry Potter film in the series, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ In Concert,” will conclude the Films in Concert series on June 20, 21 and 22.

“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.


Ghostly photo opportunities
Members of the fan club “Ghostbusters SLC” will have all sorts of ghoulish goodies in store for concert goers, including a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and the fully decked out car on the Abravanel Hall ticket office plaza.

Halloween Costume Contest
Community sponsor FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention presents the 28th annual Utah Symphony’s costume contest! This year is different than any other, and has evolved to include our online audiences who decide upon the winners from a pool of finalists. Costumed ticket holders to both performances of “Ghostbusters” may enter the annual contest in the lobby of Abravanel Hall starting at 5:30 pm. Costume contest will end promptly at 6:45 pm – no exceptions.

Finalists’ photos will be uploaded to Facebook and winners will be voted upon by our loyal online fans in the categories adult, child and group. Prizes include passes to FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention, Natural History Museum of Utah, Ballet West, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Centerpoint Legacy Theater, Ogden Dinosaur Park, The Hogle Zoo, Grimm Ghost Tours, The Leonardo and Living Planet Aquarium.

**Please be courteous to your fellow concert goers: costumes that includes extra height or large pieces need to be set aside before the concert begins in order to not impede sight lines or other attendees’ experiences.


The Utah Symphony presents “Ghostbusters” in Concert
November 2 and 3, 2018 | 7 p.m. | Maurice Abravanel Hall
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