John Williams takes E.T. to live audiences

Audiences at the Shrine Auditorium will be in for a very special and rare treat this Saturday when John Williams will direct an 85-piece live symphony orchestra to the movie “E.T.” As part of the celebration for the 20th Anniversary of the movie and it’s re-release in theaters nationwide, Steven Spielberg and producer Kathleen Kennedy suggested to Williams to do this exceptional live performance.

1, 200 musical cues make up the score of “E.T.” and Williams and his orchestra will be playing alongside the film while the audience will be able to watch it projected on a giant screen overhead.

“Sure it’s very difficult,” Williams admits about this once-in-a-lifetime event, “but it’s an opportunity I couldn’t resist.” It is the first time – aprt from silent movies – that a score been taken out of a film and replaced by its live performance as will happen Saturday, and one can only dream of being part of this event.

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