May the orchestra be with you
Music and memories go hand in hand. What comes to mind when you hear the famed John Williams theme to “Jaws”? (Were you one of those scaredy-cats who refused to go into the water at the beach that summer?) How about the opening theme for “Star Wars”? (Did you camp out overnight for the first screening of “The Phantom Menace”?)
The Fresno Philharmonic on Saturday opens its 2017-18 season with a pops concert dedicated to the movie music of Williams. To mark the occasion, The Munro Review is giving away a pair of tickets to the performance.
To enter, answer this question by leaving a comment on this post: What is your favorite John Williams movie theme, and what memories does it provoke?
You have a long list of options. Williams wrote the music for seven “Star Wars” films released to date, the first three “Harry Potter” films, “Superman: The Movie,” “JFK,” “E.T.,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Jurassic Park,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and many others. (And you can throw in the Olympic fanfare, which most people can whistle on demand.)
Be as specific as you can: How old were you when you heard the music? What era was it? Were you with friends or family? How did it impact you?
Along with the ticket giveaway, I’ll be sharing some of your comments in a preview story about the concert, which is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Saroyan Theatre. The concert will be led by a guest conductor, Stuart Chafetz, who will be making his Fresno Philharmonic debut.
Deadline to enter is 6 p.m. Wednesday. I’ll pick the winner at random. I will get back to the winner that evening, so keep an eye on your email.
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