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See Jurassic Park on the big screen with a live orchestra this weekend

See Jurassic Park on the big screen with a live orchestra this weekend

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Photo courtesy The Florida Orchestra

The Florida Orchestra was so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they never stopped to think if they should. Well, we have the answer: they should, and they did. This weekend, Jurassic Park in Concert comes to the Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater, bringing the all-time classic to life in a way that even the archaeologists will approve of.

In a limited two-show run this weekend (September 22-23), the 1993 classic Jurassic Park will be played on the big screen inside The Mahaffey, with The Florida Orchestra performing a thrilling rendition of the classic John Williams score to accompany the film. Limited tickets remain for the two shows, with a Friday evening show at 7:30 pm, followed by a family-friendly matinee show at 2 pm on Saturday.

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From TFO: “The action-packed adventure pits man against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival. Featuring visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking special effects, this epic film is sheer movie magic 65 million years in the making. Now audiences can experience Jurassic Park as never before: projected in HD with the full Florida Orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.”

The Florida Orchestra begins action-packed 56th season

For those who appreciate the musical performances of the orchestra, TFO will perform more than 100 concerts this season in venues throughout Tampa Bay. Music Director Michael Francis launches the Hough Family Foundation Masterworks series with Holst’s The Planets on September 30 and October 1 at the Mahaffey Theater and Ruth Eckerd Hall. The following weekend, the Raymond James Pops series opens October 7 and 8 with Cirque Dances with Troupe Vertigo at the Mahaffey Theater. Learn more at floridaorchestra.org.

The non-profit Florida Orchestra performs nearly 100 concerts annually in the Tampa Bay Area, including their popular annual series, Pops in the Park. The award-winning group traces its roots back nearly 100 years to individual orchestras, and its future was secured when the Tampa Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Symphony merged in 1966 to create what is now known as The Florida Orchestra.

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While their accolades and awards run deep, we’ll admit that one of our favorites – and the one celebrated the world over – was their performance alongside Whitney Houston in her iconic rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV. It was the first time an orchestra had performed at a Super Bowl, and to this day it remains the most celebrated anthem performance in the game’s history.

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