Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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The Art of the Score

Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Concert


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



3 hours with intermission

Date & Times


Sep, 2019

Wednesday, 7:30 PM


Sep, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

The Art of the Score
Alec Baldwin, Artistic Advisor

Experience John Williams’s score performed live by the New York Philharmonic to Steven Spielberg’s out-of-this-world film.

This concert is a Special Event of the 2019–20 season.


John Williams

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (New York Premiere–score performed live to complete film)


Richard Kaufman


Richard Kaufman


Richard Kaufman


Richard Kaufman has devoted much of his musical life to conducting and supervising music for film and television productions, as well as performing film and classical music in concert halls and on recordings. The 2019–20 season marks his 14th with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert series CSO at the Movies, and his 29th and final season as principal pops conductor of Pacific Symphony. In May 2020 he will be named principal pops conductor laureate, and he holds the permanent title of pops conductor laureate with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 

Mr. Kaufman’s 2019–20 season includes returns to the New York Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra. Recent highlights include his debuts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and the Handel and Haydn Society.

In 2015 Mr. Kaufman made his debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra, substituting for John Williams at the Annual Pops Film Night, and Mr. Williams invited Mr. Kaufman to share the podium at the annual Tanglewood Film Night in August 2016. In July 2016, two days before its official theatrical release, Mr. Kaufman conducted the San Diego Symphony in a live performance of Michael Giacchino’s new score for Star Trek Beyond, accompanying the film in its gala world premiere in IMAX. 

One of the world’s leading conductors of film music, Mr. Kaufman regularly appears with The Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Atlanta, St. Louis, London, RTÉ National, Indianapolis, and San Diego symphony orchestras. He is often asked to conduct such legendary film titles as Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Casablanca, The Bride of Frankenstein, Jaws, Pirates of the Caribbean, Silverado, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Amadeus, and Star Trek.

Richard Kaufman received the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. He supervised music for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios for 18 years, receiving two Emmy nominations.

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Musica Sacra
Kent Tritle, director


Musica Sacra
Kent Tritle, director



Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City, was founded in 1964 by Richard Westenburg, and is now under the artistic leadership of Kent Tritle, who begins his 13th season as music director this year. Musica Sacra presents performances each year at venues throughout New York, including those at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and at Carnegie Hall, where its annual performances of Handel’s Messiah are a New York holiday tradition.

Musica Sacra has joined the New York Philharmonic for live-to-score performances of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The chorus is frequently invited to perform with such ensembles as Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the New York City Ballet, at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and by concert presenters throughout the region.

It has given the World and New York Premieres of more than 25 choral works, including, most recently, the World Premiere of Evan Fein’s oratorio Deborah, based on the Biblical character from the Book of Judges, at Alice Tully Hall.

Musica Sacra’s most recent recording is Eternal Reflections, an album of vocal works by Robert Paterson, the award-winning composer and founder of the American Modern Ensemble. The growing discography of recordings on the BMG, RCA, MSR Classics, and Deutsche Grammophon labels includes Messages to Myself, a program of recent works by Daniel Brewbaker, Michael Gilbertson, Zachary Patten, Behzad Ranjbaran, and Christopher Theofanidis.

Musica Sacra’s community engagement initiative, in partnership with New York metropolitan area schools and social service organizations, reflects its dedication to educating students in the appreciation and history of choral music. In addition, Musica Sacra presents informational sessions for adult audiences to help contextualize their concert experience.

Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. In addition to leading Musica Sacra, he is director of cathedral music and organist at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and music director of the Oratorio Society of New York. Additionally, he is director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music and a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. Also an acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019–20 season he leads the World Premiere of a new critical edition of Brahms’s A German Requiem at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York. The edition was prepared by an international team of scholars led by Michael Musgrave and published by G. Henle Verlag in collaboration with Breitkopf & Härtel.

From 1989 to 2011 Kent Tritle conducted the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Sacred Music in a Sacred Space; from 1996 to 2004 he was music director of the Emmy-nominated Dessoff Choirs; and from 2010 to 2014 he hosted WQXR’s weekly The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle.

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Kent Tritle, director


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