The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure… RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK… with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by SYMPHONY SILICON VALLEY!
The year is 1936, and professor of archaeology and “obtainer of rare antiquities” Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is tasked by U.S. Army Intelligence to recover the legendary Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis. Indy’s quest takes him to Nepal and Egypt, reuniting him with an old friend (John Rhys-Davies), an old foe (Paul Freeman), and an ex-flame (Karen Allen) who falls somewhere in between. Armed with his hat, whip and wits, our intrepid hero must face formidable enemies – and impossible odds – to save the day and the world.
Symphony Silicon Valley returns to The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts for another classic Hollywood movie presented with live orchestra! Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece tells the tale of the notorious New York crime family, the Corleones, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. Composer Nina Rota's "dark, looming, and elegant soundtrack" is one of the greatest film scores ever written.
The Godfather soundtrack won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written Specifically For A Motion Picture or for Television. In 1972, the album stood at number 21 (peak) in the Billboard 200 charts. Although Nino Rota’s score for The Godfather (1972) was refused an Oscar nomination because he reused the same theme from his previous score for Fortunella (1958), he was still awarded the Oscar for Best Original Score for the sequel even though it still used the same love theme from the first film.
The soundtrack’s “Main Title” is a classic recording, and establishes a theme for the rest of the score. “I Have but One Heart” is the sole vocal track on the album, featuring Al Martino switching from English to Italian lyrics. “The Halls of Fear” develops the theme even further by adding a dark, jazzy slant to it. The standout cut is “The Godfather Finale.” This is where the theme becomes undeniable, and simply striking.
The AFI voted The Godfather score the #5 Greatest Film Score of All Time.
Anyone who has seen the film has undoubtedly fallen in love with Nino Rota’s amazing score, thematically beautiful and with more than a hint of his Italian roots. To this day The Godfather remains one of the most influential films in cinematic history.
Video footage courtesy of Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Gimnazija Kranj Symphony Orchestra