The phenomenon of being able to watch a film with its own score being simultaneously played by a symphony orchestra has become increasingly popular over the last few years. The experience is largely what it sounds like — as the film plays, a live orchestra plays along with the film in front of the screen. The company Film Concerts Live! is making these live shows more varied and frequent, and the latest film to benefit from their live concert treatments will be 2015's Jurassic World.
The event will take place before the film's sequel, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom is released. Though Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic-reinvention isn't universally beloved, one of the best parts of it is an excellent score by Michael Giacchino. Stepping into the shoes of John Williams, the all-time master, is no easy feat...but Giacchino proved to be more than up to the task, weaving his own new and wonderful themes in with the insanely iconic original themes of Williams. He even managed to bring in some thematic riffs from The Lost World, which proved even further than the man behind such wonderful scores as The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Rogue One, Doctor Strange, Star Trek, and countless others, is one of the best composers working today.
What better way to experience his work than to hear it played by a live orchestra? The opening night of Jurassic World in Concert will be on May 30 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. If you can't make it (or don't live in Washington), worry not— it won't be the last one.
There are more dates and locations available, so if you're interested in immersing yourself in Giacchino's dino-themes before they reappear in the film's sequel, head over to the website for Film Concerts Live. There are many other live orchestra experiences available, such as Raider of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Not a bad way to spend an evening.