Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert

May 3 - May 5, 2024
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Immerse yourself in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi masterpiece with John Williams’ pioneering score performed by the CSO. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss as an Indiana utility worker who experiences a close encounter with a UFO. Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Original Score, Close Encounters of the Third Kind remains as powerful and engrossing today as it did at its 1977 premiere.

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    2 hours 40 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    Richard Kaufman (May 3 only)
Friday, May 3, 2024
7:30 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2024
3:00 PM

Close Encounters of the Third Kind


Enhance your concert experience with this additional event.

Preconcert Conversation

Explore the music in a free preconcert conversation featuring Richard Kaufman (May 3 only) in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets are needed.


This concert is part of the CSO at the Movies series, which is generously sponsored by Megan and Steve Shebik.

The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus has been made possible by a generous gift from The Grainger Foundation.