Minnesota Orchestra presents Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert, Oct. 27 and 28

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Published: September 28, 2017

Sarah Hicks leads the Minnesota Orchestra in live performances of John Williams’ score as the complete film is shown on screen

In concerts on October 27 and 28, the Minnesota Orchestra performs John Williams’ score to Raiders of the Lost Ark, while the complete film is shown on a large screen above the Orchestra Hall stage. The film, starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 1981 to incredible acclaim, becoming one of the highest-grossing films in history and launching a four-film franchise. At the 1982 Academy Awards, Raiders of the Lost Ark won in four categories, was nominated four additional times—including for Best Picture and Best Original Score—and received a Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing. Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, leads the ensemble in these performances.

The concerts are held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, October 27, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 28, at 8 p.m., with tickets priced from $35 to $85. Tickets are available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sarah Hicks has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. During the 2017-18 season, she will conduct Orchestra performances with Leslie Odom, Jr., Rufus Wainwright, Ben Folds, Pink Martini, Cloud Cult and Cirque de la Symphonie, as well as film music concerts including La La Land, The Little Mermaid and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Away from Orchestra Hall, she has recently conducted the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, and debuted with the major orchestras in Melbourne, Brisbane, Montreal, Toronto and Lisbon. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

John Williams, composer
During his five-decade career, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and the concert stage. He has composed music for more than 100 films, including all seven episodic Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, Memoirs of a Geisha, Home Alone and The Book Thief. His 40-year partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films. He has composed themes for four Olympic Games and has written numerous works for the concert stage. He served as music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra for 14 seasons and remains its Laureate Conductor. Among his many honors, he has received five Academy Awards and 50 Oscar nominations; the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. Government; and a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

Live at Orchestra Hall
Complete Film with the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, October 27, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor

Tickets: $35 to $85


Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662. 

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change. 

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2017-18 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations 
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Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator
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