Movie music at the Majestic: San Antonio Symphony and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"

Update: This giveaway is now closed.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with the San Antonio Symphony at the Majestic Theatre | San Antonio Charter Moms

Classical music is some of the most beautiful music ever written, but many new listeners experience a learning curve before they can truly enjoy it. There are many ways to get introduced to classical music; for many of us, it’s through cartoons or movies. Last year, the San Antonio Symphony performed the score of Star Trek: Into Darkness live-to-film at the Majestic Theatre—a breathtaking experience. (Read about it in this earlier post.) In this new season, the Symphony is offering two performances of the John Williams score of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on Friday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or by calling the Symphony box office at (210) 554-1010.

The Symphony has shared a few tickets with me; I will give away a four-pack of tickets to a lucky reader, and use a few myself. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment, no later than Tuesday, September 8, sharing a favorite movie music moment. I will randomly choose a winner and send notice by email.

It’s fitting for the Symphony to perform film scores at the Majestic Theatre, which opened on Flag Day in 1929 as a movie palace, and later served for many years as the home of the San Antonio Symphony. On February 19-20, 2016, the Symphony will be back at the Majestic for Raiders of the Lost Ark (i.e., the first Indiana Jones movie)—another legendary John Williams score.

Majestic Theatre lobby | San Antonio Charter Moms

When my husband and I went on a date night to the Majestic last year to hear the Star Trek score performed live-to-film, we weren’t sure what to expect. How would it be different from a Classics concert? The biggest change is the gigantic movie screen that hangs a few feet in front of the stage. The stage is dim, but all the musicians are wearing headphones so they can listen to a click track. None of the musicians can see the film while they are playing the score. The conductor, however, is watching a timestamped version of the film on a small screen. Keeping the music in synch with the movie must be a challenge, but the Star Trek score was perfectly timed. Hearing the music explode during those tense moments of action was truly thrilling.

San Antonio Symphony playing live-to-film at the Majestic Theatre | San Antonio Charter Moms

E.T. is one of the most beloved movies of the 20th century, telling the story of a boy who feels lost in his fragmenting family who bonds with an alien who feels lost on a strange planet. The Saturday presentation, an hour earlier at 7:00 p.m., provides an opportunity to share this experience with your children. The score reinforces the suspenseful and emotional moments of the film, and earned an Academy Award for Williams.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with the San Antonio Symphony | San Antonio Charter Moms

To enter the giveaway for a four-pack of tickets to the San Antonio Symphony’s live-to-film presentation of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, please leave a comment, no later than Tuesday, September 8, sharing a movie music memory. I will choose a winner at random and notify him or her by email. The tickets will be at will call; bring your photo ID to the box office. The winner may choose to attend either the Friday night or the Saturday night performance. Good luck!

Disclosure: The San Antonio Symphony gave me up to four tickets for my family to use at the performance, and four tickets to give away.

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  1. My favorite musical moment in my life has to be when my soon to be husband played his french horn before our wedding. It was Mozart’s Second Horn Concerto. I also have a second one which was marching in the 100 anniversary of Coca Cola Parade in high school!

  2. I have to say I love the musical score from jurrasic park. I saw the movie as a teen and it’s always stuck with me 20 years later.

  3. I’d love to win a pack of tickets! I have loved sharing classic musical movies with my kids, but we all really love reliving them through the scores afterward!

  4. The most powerful memory of music in Gil for me is the baby mine scene in Dumbo. Where the mommy is cradling Dumbo through the bars. No kidding I tear up just typing it. It stayed with me. That even in that desperate moment it was the mothers instinct to comfort him, to love him, to give all she had left… Her hug and a song. I sing it to my sons every night.

  5. Just thinking about sharing this movie with my kiddos has me all weepy. The live music is really gonna do me in. Such a sweet show! I better bring tissues. As for music moments–my best are the ones where I put some crazy Italian music on pandora and my kids and I have a kitchen dance party while making pasta.

  6. My 10 year old son and I both love the Rocky soundtrack! It’s so motivating! My son is going to begin cello lessons in two weeks. I would love to take him to hear the San Antonio Symphony as inspiration. Thank you 🙂

  7. You could be happy here, I could take care of you. I wouldn’t let anybody hurt you. We could grow up together, E.T.

    • “An Extra-Terrestrial! Where’s he from? Uranus? Get it? Your anus?”

      I’ll stop

  8. As a child my earliest memories are of the movie Grease. I feel the movie and music of Grease have been embedded into the fabric of my life. In the 90’s I was even cast in a off Broadway production of the musical Grease that ran for several months.
    My daughter 9 and son 11 both ask to see the movie from time to time. I’m not sure if they like it as much as I do or if they just want me to see something I enjoy.
    Three years ago I got an unexpected bonus check at work on the same day I found out Olivia Newton John tickets went on sale in 9 minutes.
    Luckily I was able to get two tickets in the upper balcony.
    I took my daughter six years old at the time to the concert at the Majestic.
    We made signs for Olivia, it was a great music movie memory!

  9. My son loves ET but I wonder if he has ever noticed the music!

  10. My favorite and most memorable time was the first time my son and I saw Bugs Bunny At Symphony earlier this year. It was our first concert together and enjoyed it so much. Unfortunately this time I can’t afford to buy tickets to watch E.T. with the San Antonio Symphony. Would love to win to take my two boys and husband. Thank you! Very kind of you to give away a four-pack of tickets.

  11. Amadeus. I could watch that movie again and again, just for the music.

  12. I’m not sure I have a specific memory but I feel music adds to the feeling of any movie. It helps us understand what the intended mood is and sets the tone. Would be fun to see ET in that way

  13. I watched E.T. with my son for the first time 3 months ago and he loved it ! He cried on the scene when they took E.T. away . I would really love to take him to see this it would be a amazing experience for him and i both , he would be blown away my the instrumentals.

  14. My favorite movie music moment is from ET! I was a little kid and the musical score, especially at the ending really got to me when Elliot and ET were saying their goodbyes. The musical emotion mixed with the scene made it easy, even as a small child, to digest what saying a goodbye to someone close to you is truly like and that understanding it is part of slowly growing up. That music and movie as a whole will always be connected to my childhood. 🙂

  15. I would have to say my favorite movie music memory includes my children. We all love the Lion King and our favorite part is the beginning when all the animals come to meet Simba the future king. The scene made us all cry. The music along with the animation is absolutely incredible.

  16. My daughter and I are Lost Boys fanatics—so, I’d have to say the saxophone player scene is one of our faves:)

  17. This would be the best birthday surprise ever ! It would help this 40 something mom feel like a 12 year old all over again!

    • As far as A musical movie moment definitely Star Wars ! Nothing more powerful ⭐️

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