While it feels like yesterday that Steven Spielberg graced us with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, time flies when you pair a cute alien in a bicycle basket with a soaring score by the greatest film composer, John Williams.
After—gasp—35 years, the film and music remain cultural mainstays. Honoring the Oscar-winning score, the Houston Symphony, led by guest conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, will perform the legendary music while the 1982 blockbuster is projected on the big screen behind the orchestra at Jones Hall on February 9.
“John Williams’ iconic score still resonates with the public today. I—like many others—remember seeing the film in the theater when it was first released. As a matter of fact, I saw it three times in three weeks!" Kitsopoulos says. "The score beautifully depicts Elliot’s innocence and sense of wonder along with E.T.’s gentleness."
Houston Symphony associate principal horn, Robert Johnson, is also huge fan of John Williams. "Playing the iconic score will be as much fun for the symphony as it will be for audiences hearing it," Johnson says. He shared that unlike most films, where the score is set to the film, Spielberg actually reshot the iconic bike flying scene to match the music by Williams.
Whether you've never seen Spielberg's classic family film or want to relive childhood memories, this music-movie pairing is sure to inspire both young and young-at-heart audiences.
"John Williams is an American master," says Kitsopoulos. "His music has only begun to endure the test of time, just as the music of Beethoven and Mozart.”
Houston Symphony Presents E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Feb 9 at 7:30. From $35. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org