Jaws in Concert

Jun 28

7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Celebrate summer with one of the most suspenseful blockbusters of all time: JAWS! Directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring iconic, Academy Award®-winning music by John Williams, JAWS tells the fast-paced story of a small New England seaside community terrorized by a predatory great white shark at the height of tourist season — the 4th of July weekend. Sink your teeth into this thrilling classic at Symphony Center with music played live by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the concert hall….

Approximate concert duration: 155 minutes including intermission

Additional Dates for this Program

"Jaws," the 1975 blockbuster that launched the summer-movie season, also shifted the action-film genre into high gear. From the "Transformers" series to superhero epics to popular literature fantasies, the runaway success of "Jaws" in a sense made them all possible. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

John Williams' score for "Jaws" (1975), considered one of the best soundtracks of all time, centers on a simple two-note motif. The main "shark" theme, which signals impending danger, consists of a pair of alternating notes, identified as either E and F or F and F sharp.  Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Although it’s just two repeated notes, the ominous attack theme in “Jaws” ranks among the best known in all cinema. “If someone asks me what is the perfect film score, I could come up with several answers, but at the very top of the list would be ‘Jaws’ and ‘Psycho,’” said Richard Kaufman, now in his 11th year as a guest conductor for the CSO at the Movies series. "It’s amazing the emotion that those two notes have.”  Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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The June 30th performance is generously sponsored by Megan and Steve Shebik.

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