E.T.— the Extra-Terrestrial (Film with Orchestra)

Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 2:30 p.m.

Center for Performing Arts
San Jose, CA

Concert Length
Approx. 1 hr 50 min. with intermission


  • Timothy Hankewich, Conductor


About This Performance

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. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync to the film projected on a huge HD screen!

Fun Facts

John Williams and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on numerous movies throughout their respective careers. Some of their most well-known collaborations include Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, Jurassic Park, and the Star Wars series, among others. Their collaboration has resulted in some of the most iconic and memorable film scores in cinematic history.

John Williams incorporated leitmotifs into the score, which are recurring musical themes associated with specific characters, places, or ideas in the film. This technique, initially created by Richard Wagner for the opera, helps to create a cohesive and impactful musical narrative throughout the movie.

The music score for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial won numerous awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.