Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark Live in Concert
Ludwig Wicki — conductor
Raiders of the Lost Ark is an adventure film from 1981, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas. It is a showcase example of New Adventure Cinema and the highest-earning film of 1981. One of the most popular foreign films in Poland, it was seen by nearly 9 million filmgoers in cinemas. Stepping into the shoes of Indiana Jones, archaeologist and adventurer, was Harrison Ford, who – fighting against the Nazis – embarked on a search for the Ark of the Covenant.
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the first part of the film series about the famous archaeologist, we will present the premiere showing of the film with the Oscar-nominated soundtrack by John Williams. This composer probably needs no introduction – he is one of the finest in the history of film music. He is particularly known for his soundtracks to science fiction films. He is an Oscar favourite: between 1968 and 2001, he was nominated nearly 50 times (in recent years, practically every year) and won five times: for Norman Jewison’s Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975), George Lucas’ Star Wars (1977), Spielberg’s E.T. (1982) and Schindler’s List (1993). He has also won countless other awards, including 9 Grammys. Everyone probably knows the opening march of the Raiders of the Lost Ark soundtrack. This is the second – after Star Wars – of the most recognisable motifs created by Williams. Equally memorable are the mysterious motifs of “In the Idol’s Temple”, the exotic “Journey to Nepal” and the Oriental “The Basket Game” – an interesting mix of a pleasant memory and original music from the Middle East. The concert will be performed by Sinfonietta Cracovia, conducted by acclaimed conductor and arranger, Ludwig Wicki.