E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, complete film (including dialogue) with live orchestra performing the entire score.
A Bravo! Vail tradition continues! As dusk falls, watch this family-friendly magical sci-fi film on giant screens over the stage while John Williams’ enchanting, multiple award-winning score is performed live by The Philadelphia Orchestra.
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
STÉPHANE DENÈVE, CONDUCTOR
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, complete film with live orchestra performing the entire score
Extra-terrestrials have been standard film fare since 1902, when French director Georges Méliès shot a bullet-shaped capsule containing a group of astronomers from an enormous cannon that landed in the eye of the Man in the Moon, where the earthmen encountered the underground dwelling Selenites, named for the Greek goddess of the moon. Le Voyage dans la Lune, silent, black-and-white, fourteen minutes long and brilliantly inventive, was enormously popular and established the science fiction genre that has lit countless movie screens around the world ever since.
Some of those films resonated deeply with the young Steven Spielberg, who started his directing career in 1974 (when he was 28) with The Sugarland Express and created an international sensation with Jaws in 1975 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind the following year. While he continued to become one of the most successful filmmakers of his generation—1941 (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)—he harbored an idea about a movie rooted in his own childhood. A 1978 project titled Growing Up went nowhere, but another one soon after that, developed with screenwriter Melissa Mathison and called Night Skies, contained a subplot about a friendly alien abandoned on Earth. Spielberg did not make that movie, but he did ask Mathison to work the subplot into a full script. During eight weeks of intense collaboration, they created E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Spielberg called it “the best first draft I’ve ever read.” Academy Award voters would eventually agree and bestow an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay upon Mathison.
The screen character of E.T. was created by Italian special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi, who had designed the aliens for Close Encounters, by drawing on an early surrealist painting of his own showing figures with short legs, long necks and large eyes and photos of elderly people taken during The Great Depression; his facial design was collated from photos of Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway and Carl Sandburg. The various animatronics and costumes (worn by three little people) cost $1.5 million, more than 10% of the film’s total budget; a heavily made-up mime did the close-ups for E.T.’s hand movements. So convincing was the effect that the seven-year-old Drew Barrymore’s sobbing reaction when her film character thought E.T. had died was completely natural. Rambaldi won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
The audience at the Cannes Film Festival cheered for fifteen minutes when E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was premiered there in May 1982, and the film was a smash hit on its North American release the following month, garnering glowing reviews and earning back its entire $10.5 million budget in its first weekend. Within a year, it had surpassed Star Wars as the top-grossing film of all time, a record it held until Spielberg’s Jurassic Park a decade later. According to the fascinating movie-business web site thenumbers.com, E.T. has grossed $435 million in domestic box office receipts and $793 million in all in first-run and wide re-releases in 1985 and 2002; it returns for a 35th anniversary limited theatrical engagement in September 2017.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won four, including one for John Williams’ score. In American Film Institute polls, it was voted the 24th Greatest Film of All Time, the 6th Most Inspiring, the 14th Greatest Movie Score, and one of “Fifty Films You Should See by Age Fourteen.” It was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1994 and, in 2012, for the movie’s 30th anniversary, Madame Tussauds unveiled wax likenesses of E.T. at many of its international locations.
When E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was re-released in 2002, New York Post critic Lou Lumenock wrote, “We now have the distance to see just how close to a flawless and utterly timeless a film Steven Spielberg and his collaborators crafted — one that transcended genres (sci-fi and kids’ movies) to become one of the greatest and most durable of American movies.” To which Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times added, “Seeing E.T. again reminds us of how much we’ve remained the same, how gratified we still are by a film that connects so beautifully to our sense of wonder and joy.”
PRODUCTION CREDITS E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert is produced by Film Concerts Live!, a joint venture of IMG Artists, LLC and The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc. Producers: Steven A. Linder and Jamie Richardson Production Manager: Rob Stogsdill Production Coordinator: Rebekah Wood Worldwide Representation: IMG Artists, LLC Supervising Technical Director: Mike Runice Technical Director: Chris Szuberla Music Composed by John Williams Music Preparation: Jo Ann Kane Music Service Film Preparation for Concert Performance: Ramiro Belgardt Technical Consultant: Laura Gibson Sound Remixing for Concert Performance: Chace Audio by Deluxe The score for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has been adapted for live concert performance. With special thanks to: Universal Studios, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Williams, David Newman, Chris Herzberger, Tamara Woolfork, Adrienne Crew, Darice Murphy, Mark Graham and the musicians and staff of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Bravo! Vail. www.filmconcertslive.com
STÉPHANE DÈNEVE, conductor
Stéphane Denève is Music Director of the Brussels Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR).
STÉPHANE DÈNEVE, conductor
Stéphane Denève is Music Director of the Brussels Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). From 2011-2016, he served as Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and from 2005-2012 as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is a passionate advocate for new music.
Recent engagements include appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Vienna Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and NHK Symphony. In North America he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has been a frequent guest both in Boston and at Tanglewood, and he appears regularly with The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Toronto Symphony. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2015.
He enjoys close relationships with many of the world’s leading solo artists, including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, James Ehnes, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Nikolaj Znaider, Gil Shaham, Piotr Anderszewski, Emanuel Ax, Lars Vogt, Nikolai Lugansky, Paul Lewis, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Vadim Repin, and Nathalie Dessay.
In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, La Scala, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, and at the Opéra National de Paris. In the 16/17 season, he makes his debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin with Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette.
As a recording artist, he has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck and Connesson. He is a double winner of the Diapason d’Or de l’année, has been shortlisted for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards. His most recent release is a disc of the works of Guillaume Connesson with Brussels Philharmonic, for Deutsche Grammophon.
A graduate and prize-winner of the Paris Conservatoire, Stéphane Denève worked closely in his early career with Sir Georg Solti, Georges Prêtre and Seiji Ozawa. He is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and works regularly with young people in the programmes of the Tanglewood Music Center and New World Symphony.
Photo: Genevieve Caron
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Where are the performances held?
Bravo! Vail orchestral concerts take place at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (GRFA) located at 530 S. Frontage Rd E Vail, CO 81657
What time do performances begin?
Concerts generally start promptly at 6pm (except for movie screenings which start at 7:30 or 8pm). The GRFA lobby opens 90 minutes prior to performances and gates open 60 minutes prior to performances. Please be sure to give yourself plenty of time to park and get into the venue; latecomers will be admitted at an appropriate interval, escorted by volunteers from the Bravo! Vail Guild.
How long do concerts last?
Concerts generally last under two hours. Please check performance pages beginning in April for specific running times.
How do I buy tickets?
Tickets, subscriptions, passes,and gift certificates may be ordered in the following ways:
• Phone 877.812.5700 or Fax 970.827.5707
• Mail or in-person Bravo! Vail 2271 N Frontage Rd W Suite C, Vail, CO 81657
• Email email@example.com
Ticket delivery methods are Mail, Print at Home, and Will Call. Bravo! Vail accepts all major credit cards (Amex, Visa, MasterCard and Discover), cash, and checks with proper identification. There is a $2 order fee per ticket.
What are the Box Office hours?
Bravo! Vail Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. Starting June 17, hours include Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The Bravo! Vail Box Office can be reached at 877.812.5700.
The Gerald R Ford Amphitheater box office is open from 11am until concert start time (5pm on days with no concerts) beginning mid-June. Tickets for upcoming performances may be purchased on-site during concert intermissions.
Where is the Will Call window?
Will Call tickets may be picked up at the Box Office located to the right of the main entrance lobby. The Box Office is open 11am to concert start time beginning mid-June. Will Call tickets may also be picked up during concert intermissions.
Does Bravo! Vail offer group pricing?
Group sales discounts of up to 15% for groups of 15 or more are available to select concerts. Please call 970.827.4316 for more information, or view the Group Sales page.
What if I buy tickets and cannot attend?
All sales are final. If you are unable to attend your concert, please call the Box Office at 877.812.5700 at least two hours prior to the concert to donate the tickets for resale or drop them off at the venue so seats can be filled by another music lover. You will receive a ticket release receipt in the mail. If you wish to give tickets to a friend, you may call the Box Office to leave them in your friend's name at Will Call.
What if I misplace or forget to bring my tickets?
The Box Office can reprint your tickets if needed.
Where are seating options for people with disabilities?
Per the American Disability Act (ADA), the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is accessible to individuals with disabilities. ADA seating is available in Section 1 Row L and Section 4 Row O Premium Aisle, Premium, Reserved, and Saver sections which reflect all reserved seating zones and prices.
A limited number of ADA General Admission Lawn seats are available for sale behind Section 2; you must have a designated ADA lawn seat ticket in order to sit in this area.
By purchasing an ADA seat, you are stating that you require an ADA seat and if purchased fraudulently, you may be subject to relocation.
If you need further assistance purchasing ADA seating, please call the Box Office at 877.812.5700.
What should I bring to the concert?
If you have lawn seating at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, you should plan to bring a blanket to sit on, sunglasses, and a hat or visor. Lawn chairs with legs under 4 inches tall are allowed. Vail weather can be unpredictable so rain gear and a jacket are recommended. Concessions are available at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, but you are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic sealed drinks. Per Colorado State Law, you may not bring outside alcoholic beverages into any Bravo! Vail venue. For your safety and the safety of all of our guests, backpacks, bags, purses, picnic baskets, and coolers will be checked upon entry to Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The following articles are not allowed:
• Alcoholic beverages (picnics and commercially sealed non-alcoholic beverages are permitted, and concessions with food and alcohol sales are available at the venue)
• Bikes, inline skates, scooters, and skateboards
• Cameras and recording devices
• Lawn chairs with legs higher than 4 inches (lawn chair rentals are $10)
What food and beverages are available for purchase at GRFA?
Popcorn, candy, burgers, sandwiches, and salads are available for purchase at concessions inside GRFA. A full bar is also available to purchase beer, wine, and alcohol. All major credit cards and cash are accepted for payment. In the pavilion seating, we recommend eating prior to the concert or at intermission.
Food and commercially sealed non-alcoholic beverages may be brought into the GRFA.
What if it rains?
Concerts take place rain or shine. GRFA is an open-air venue. Refunds are not given due to weather unless a concert is canceled in its entirety with no performance rescheduled.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code for concerts — wear what makes you most comfortable! You can dress formally, or opt for jeans and a t-shirt, or anything in between. Just one word of advice: while the summers in Colorado are perfect, the evenings often bring rain showers and cooler temps. We recommend being prepared for both.
What if I lose something at the concert?
Check with the GRFA box office for lost items at intermission or call 970.748.8497.
What are some general rules of concert etiquette?
Above all, we want you to have a beautiful, musically rich concert experience. We ask that all concertgoers help to ensure a mutually enjoyable evening by silencing all devices such as cell phones and watch alarms. Please take time to turn these off prior to performances, so they don’t disrupt musicians and other patrons. Likewise, please limit conversations and other noisy activities during the music, so everyone can enjoy the concert undisturbed. In the pavilion seating, we recommend eating prior to the concert or at intermission.
What else should I know?
Vail is at high elevation so don’t forget to hydrate and use sun protection. Visitors from lower elevations may experience altitude sickness when traveling to and visiting Vail. Be sure to drink water to allow your body to acclimate to the change in oxygen levels.
What if I still have questions?
Please don’t hesitate to contact the Box Office at 877.812.5700 Monday–Friday 9am–4pm MST with any questions you have.