Brevard Music Center Summer Festival to Present E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL IN CONCERT

Brevard Music Center Summer Festival to Present E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL IN CONCERT

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's iconic movie-"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"-the Brevard Music Center (BMC) presents the complete film with live symphony orchestra led by Maestro Constantine Kitsopoulos in his BMC debut at Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium.

The Saturday, July 8th, 8:30 PM presentation of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert" includes the full John Williams score and represents one of the more than 80 performances featured during the renowned Brevard Music Center Summer Festival, running from June - August 2017.

Director Steven Spielberg's heartwarming masterpiece is one of the brightest stars in motion picture history. Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year old boy named Elliott. Widely regarded as a one of the greatest films of all time, it became the highest grossing film of the 1980s and won four Academy Awards ®, including "Best Score" for composer John Williams.

"Imagine experiencing E.T. with over 2000 music- and movie-lovers," said BMC President & CEO Mark Weinstein. "Don't miss this rare opportunity to witness a beloved movie with live symphony orchestra on the lawn or in our beautiful 1800-seat, open-air auditorium. Popcorn, Pepsi, and Reese's® Pieces will be in abundance! What a wonderful way to introduce children of all ages to symphonic music!"

Brevard Music Center has also been recognized by the producers of the film/concert as the first-ever North American educational institution to perform "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial In Concert."

"We are thrilled that the Brevard Music Festival has chosen to present E.T. this year as part of their season," said Co-Producer Steve Linder. "As an educational institution whose key component is orchestral training of young musicians, the chance for its students to prepare and perform a complete film score is a tremendous artistic opportunity as well as a critical part of their learning experience. With more and more orchestras adding full film evenings as well as film music concerts to their repertoire, it is vitally important that students be exposed to this art form, understanding it's unique place in the orchestral world along with the technology and style required to make it all possible."

Ticket prices for "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert" range from $20 - $60. Children 17 and under are free on the lawn with a paying adult; students 18 and older are free on the lawn with a valid I.D. For tickets or more information on this or any BMC Summer Festival performance, visit brevardmusic.org or call the BMC Box Office at 828-862-2105 and the movie trailer,

Led by Artistic Director and alumnus Keith Lockhart, also Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and BBC Concert Orchestra, Brevard Music Center stands as one of the country's premier summer training programs and music festivals. Over ten weeks and among 40,000 attendees, the next generation of musicians gather in the captivating Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to perform great musical works alongside distinguished faculty and many of the most celebrated names in music. For more information on BMC, visit brevardmusic.org, call (828) 862-2100, "like" the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, stream season highlights via SoundCloud, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.

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