Symphony San Jose presents E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Film with Live Orchestra

Presented by Symphony San Jose

Symphony San Jose performs John Williams' Academy Award-winning score while film plays above the stage.

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. The mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure captivated movie audiences around the world. Experience it with the complete John Williams' Academy Award-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra played while the film is projected on a huge HD screen above the stage.

The film won four Academy Awards for Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, and Best Sound Editing in addition to being nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.

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.

Concert Length: Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one twenty-minute intermission.

City: San Jose
Price Range:
$45 to $95

Program Items

John Williams E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


Timothy Hankewich Conductor
Symphony San Jose Orchestra

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

255 South Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95113
United States