Friday, June 8, 2018

SEATTLE SYMPHONY - JAWS In Concert! 6/7/18

Jaws In Concert

Benaroya Hall
Seattle, WA


One of my all time favorite films is, "Jaws", the 1975 film from Steven Spielberg. For many they of course think of the great white shark that is the protagonist in the film. For me, though, it's about the performances of Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw. The character development and performances are just outstanding. So, when I heard that the Seattle Symphony would be performing the award winning John Williams score live while the film was shown, I knew I wanted to be there!

The lobby of Benaroya Hall was packed as I walked in to the hall. I was seated dead center on the main floor, which allowed me to watch and listen to every nuance of the performance.

As the lights dimmed a bit and the Seattle Symphony began to play the opening music, applause with a few hoots and hollers echoed throughout the hall - a great combination of respect and fun was going to be had during the showing.

Many in attendance had either forgotten about many parts of the film or had never seen it at all (especially those younger attendees). The gal in front of me jumped several times and was noticeably getting smaller in her seat as the dread set in, wondering when the next scare was going to come.

The opportunity to hear the soundtrack live was just amazing. Every film should be shown this way - with a live symphony playing the soundtrack!

The audience applauded at the right times such as when each major character made their on screen entrance, when the famous line, "you're going to need a bigger boat" was uttered (ad libbed by Roy Scheider according to Jaws lore), etc. Everyone was having a good, scared time!

If you love the film or the score or, in my case, both, the next opportunity you have I highly recommend attending a showing of the Seattle Symphony performing a live soundtrack to a classic film.

Lo and behold your next opportunity is here when in July, "Star Wars: A New Hope" from 1977 gets the exact same treatment. This is going to be a spectacular event - don't miss it!

Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts
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