CSO: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Film with Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou, conductor

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
4:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
5:00 PM
Public Gates Open
8:00 PM
Concert Starts

Tickets: $90 / $25
Lawn: $25

You won’t need a flying bike to get a close-up view of the moon at tonight's screening. Astronomers from the Naperville Astronomy Club will bring their telescopes to the lawn so you can get more than a glimpse of the moon and other heavenly bodies before the CSO takes the stage to play John Williams’s Oscar-winning score.

Dining Availablity For Tonight: Ravinia Market, Lawn BarTree Top and Park View are all open tonight.

About The Artist

Program Notes

  • Steven Spielberg began dreaming up the story of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial while still shooting tomorrow’s movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. It started as an expanded plot line from an unproduced horror movie follow-up (but not a true sequel) to the immensely popular Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but as themes and memories from Spielberg’s childhood were added, it became the family classic that it is today.
  • The sister of Steven Spielberg–based character Elliott is played by Drew Barrymore, who gave her breakout performance in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. She made her film debut two years earlier in another sci-fi movie, Altered States, which had its music composed by John Corigliano, who also wrote the music for The Red Violin, the fourth movie that will be shown at Ravinia this summer.


  • John Williams won his fourth career Oscar (and second with Steven Spielberg, after Jaws) for his original music for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
  • The music track has been specially removed from the film so that the CSO can play the entire score by John Williams live while the film is shown on Ravinia’s screens in the Pavilion and on the Lawn. The conductor follows a special screen and score to keep in time with the movie.
  • The famous image of E.T. and Elliott flying over trees against the backdrop of the moon became the logo for Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment before E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was even in theaters.

Park Details

Gain a friend for life by adopting at Ravinia! Stop by the Heartland Animal Shelter tent on August 1 Located near the West Gate entrance by the box office!

Note: Ravinia allows popcorn, theater candy, and pavillion drink cups into the Pavilion for all four movie nights.

Concert Information

Complete film shown on Pavilion and lawn video screens

DEAN RICHARDS, entertainment critic for WGN TV morning news and 720AM WGN radio, will lead a pre-concert discussion in front of the big screen.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.


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