The journalist Javier Sierra, U.F.O. expert and winner of the Spanish literary award Premio Planeta 2017, will introduce the concert.
The original score will be performed by the Orquestra Sinfónica de Tenerife and Tenerife Film Choir, and conducted by Diego Navarro.
This version will restore eight minutes of previously unreleased score by its composer, John Williams.
The Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ) will be screening the classic science fiction film ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. For the first time in Spain, the musical score will be performed in a live-to-picture concert that will be held in the Auditorio de Tenerife on Friday 28th September. The event will be hosted by the journalist and U.F.O. expert Javier Sierra, who is the winner of the Spanish literary award Premio Planeta 2017, and the festival’s official host, Ana Molowny. In the world of film, ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ is his favourite film in the sci-fi genre of alien invasions and U.F.O sightings. This concert is one of the highlights of the twelfth edition of the festival, which runs from September 21st – 29th, 2018, thanks to the support and sponsorship of the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, the Canary Islands Government, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council.
In Javier Sierra’s words, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind was released the same year as Star Wars, and for a 6-year-old kid, as I was, back in 1977, both releases were mind-blowing… The case of Close Encounters [sic] is special. During filming, Spielberg had a special advisor who was the world’s leading expert in U.F.Os at the time, the astronomer Joseph Allan Hynek. Spielberg was also sensitive to the huge emotional trauma faced by people claiming to have seen a U.F.O - their having to deal with something so unfamiliar and also people’s scepticism. What is more, many of the situations they recreate in the first few minutes of the film are based on true events, even the press clippings. This eye for detail means that I continue to discover new “Easter eggs” and meanings that I previously missed”.
FIMUCITÉ presents the Spanish premiere of the live-to-picture concert ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind (‘Encuentros en la Tercera Fase’) performed by the Orquestra Sinfónica de Tenerife and the Tenerife Film Choir. John Williams’ acclaimed score will be performed in full. The festival’s artistic director, composer Diego Navarro, will be conducting this premiere of the live-to-picture symphony in the Canary Islands. Navarro says, “It will be a truly historic concert that will create a unique sensory experience and unforgettable memory of Spielberg’s masterpiece”.
This event will also include eight minutes of previously unreleased score that composer John Williams and director Steven Spielberg have restored for this concert performance. These portions of the score are not available in the original theatrical prints or home video versions. It is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to enjoy original music written by the film composer.
Javier Sierra adds, “The film perfectly captures how an encounter with something unfamiliar, apparently ‘superior’, can completely change a person’s outlook. Seeing a U.F.O has much in common with the mystical experiences of other eras, more than people think, and Spielberg has really grasped that sensation. In addition, ‘Close Encounters’ distanced sci-fi audiences from the popular Cold War era ‘good earthling’, ‘bad alien’ dynamics that were typical of science fiction films at the time, and made audiences start to truly contemplate what contact with an alien civilization would actually mean for us”.
The concert ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ / ‘Encuentros en la Tercera Fase’ will held on Friday 28th September at 20:00. Tickets are available at the Auditorio de Tenerife Box Office, and online at www.auditoriodetenerife.com.
The Tenerife International Film Music Festival 12 (FIMUCITÉ XII), which runs from Sept 21st – 29th, has been made possible thanks to the support and sponsorship of the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, the Canary Islands Government, Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, the companies AUDI, Dorada Especial, & Teleférico del Teide, and the collaboration of SGAE – the Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers.