Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has apparently wrapped and is ready to hit theaters in 2018, which will be the 25th anniversary of the original Jurassic Park. Do you find that shocking? I sure do. 

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The 1993 film that started it all will be screened this Saturday, August 19, at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, and the Pacific Symphony will play the entire John Williams score live. I went to the last “movie night” they did like this to see Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and it was amazing. Adding an outdoor venue on a summer night to the mix should only elevate what is already a genius concept for making the symphony accessible while sharing a loved film with a (potentially) new audience. 

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“The music of John Williams is extraordinary,” says Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman. “When I first heard this score, I was amazed by how John can see some grass, trees and a bunch of dinosaurs and come up with a thrilling, descriptive and superb score. Hearing it played live as the film is shown on a huge screen above the orchestra will thrill our summer series audience! Not many people have the chance to visit a Hollywood recording stage…well, hearing and seeing Jurassic Park live in concert is as close as you can get to that kind of unique and thrilling experience.”

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The third concert of the Pacific Symphony’s 2017 summer season, Jurassic Park, led by Kaufman, takes place Saturday, Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$99. For more information visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

Leona Laurie