Indiana Jones. The name alone makes your brain start to play the iconic theme music and creates a strong desire to hold a whip. Watch Harrison Ford escape the gigantic stone sphere and battle Nazis at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore on May 10th to 13th. Under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will perform the John Williams score as Raiders of the Lost Ark plays on the big screen.
For those who have not attended a “Movie with the Orchestra” performance, get ready to experience the movie on a whole new level. The live music brings an intensity to an already adventurous story that makes viewers feel as if they are part of the action. “These audiences are some of the most enthusiastic crowds that we get just because the music is so ingrained in pop culture and so accessible – they’re really energetic and into it,” says BSO principal horn Philip Munds.
However, captivating the movie may be for audience members, the musicians try to focus on the music rather than the big screen. “The movie only impacts the performance in that I view the movie before we play it,” says Munds. “While we’re playing, I try really hard not to be aware of the movie because everything is timed so specifically that if you get distracted by what’s on the screen, you lose the concentration – especially with this score because it’s really dense.”
In addition to the Raiders performance, fans of John Williams will have the opportunity to listen to the composer lead the BSO on June 13th. “The scores themselves are massive – John Williams’ music is incredible stuff,” says Munds. “In 100 years, they’ll look back and these will be the operas of our generation. Everybody knows the music and it’s embedded in the culture.”
Raiders of the Lost Ark will play Thursday, May 10th at 8 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore. It will play Friday, May 11th at 8 pm; Saturday, May 12th at 8 pm; and Sunday, May 13th at 3 pm at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. For ticket info, it’s Bsomusic.org. t