CSO: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Film with Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou, conductor

Thursday, August 2, 2018
4:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
5:00 PM
Public Gates Open
8:00 PM
Concert Starts

Tickets: $90 / $25
Lawn: $25


Indiana Jones braves his way through poison arrows, boulders, booby traps, war criminals, and even the wrath of God. But snakes? That’s where this hero draws the line. Is his fear unfounded? Join us before the movie at 6 p.m. when experts from the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo bring some of their snakes to Ravinia’s North Lawn and tell us all about our slithering, serpentine friends. 

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

About The Artist

Program Notes

  • After the unexpected success of Star Wars, George Lucas wanted to work on another story in the style of the film serials of the 1930s and unearthed his ideas for the action archaeologist Indiana Jones. That title character became a second iconic role for Chicago-area native Harrison Ford, who forged his career with Lucas first with a supporting part in American Graffiti and then starring in Star Wars.
  • While trying to create a signature theme for Indiana Jones, John Williams presented Steven Spielberg with multiple ideas; Spielberg convinced Williams to mix two together to create the now instantly recognizable “Raiders March.”


  • 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.
  • Indiana Jones became especially famous for his use of a whip, even in fights, dispatching no fewer than five villains in a single battle with the leathery weapon in Raiders of the Lost Ark. But there was supposed to be another whip battle in the movie, with Jones taking on an expert swordsman. During the last days of filming in Tunisia, much of the cast and crew, including Harrison Ford, had contracted food poisoning and could only stand to be on set for a few minutes at a time. It would take too long to film the second fight, so after the villain showed off his sword skills while confronting Jones, the hero instead pulls out his pistol and shoots him, adding yet another moment of comedy the film.
  • Lucas is known for self-referential “easter eggs” in his stories—in Raiders of the Lost Ark, when Indiana Jones encounters the Ark of the Covenant in the Well of the Souls, some of the hieroglyphics in the chamber appear to show Star Wars’ R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Park Details

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.

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