What Would Your Favorite Movie Sound Like Without a Score?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch your favorite movie without its iconic soundtrack? Romantic scenes would be less moving. Action scenes would be less gripping. And don’t get us started on what would happen to musicals!

One of the best parts of performing films in concert is the music brings the story to life and helps narrate the movie in a way that even the best dialogue cannot.

In honor of our Films in Concert series, here are some of the best reasons why we need music in our movies:

Some movies would be PAINFULLY awkward without music

Who doesn’t love a movie where the heroes come off triumphant in the end? Those moments deserve some sort of fanfare to set the mood.

A great example is the throne room scene from Star Wars’ “A New Hope.” But you never realize how long of a walk it is for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo to receive their medals when the room is awkwardly silent. Chewbacca’s blood-curdling screams put the cherry on top of a less-than-triumphant moment in a music-less scene.

For reference, here’s what it sounds like with John Williams’ genius score:

 Movies (and life) are boring without a soundtrack

Have you ever gone to the gym and had forgotten your headphones? You probably didn’t feel as motivated to exercise. You know who can relate? Rocky.

When you take the iconic music out of this scene, his exercise routine becomes tedious and even makes you feel exhausted. Music makes a huge difference even for mundane moments like driving to work or writing a paper.

A good soundtrack sets the mood of the scene

An epic adventure needs an epic score. Just ask the people who worked on Lord of the Rings. This award-winning score by Howard Shore makes you feel as if you are on a grand adventure with these beloved characters.

But what would it sound like if the music were different? This video shows how humorous it would really be:

In the end, music makes the movie what we know and love. Don’t miss our Films in Concert series! Get your tickets here.

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Social Snapshot

There’s no rest for the weary! After the Great American Road Trip, we wasted no time getting back into Abravanel Hall to start off our season. We kicked things off with Raiders of the Lost Ark from our Films in Concert series, helped celebrate the Utah Opera’s 40th Anniversary Gala, and started our Masterworks series on a high note with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

Here are the best moments from these performances:


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Memories of the Great American Road Trip

After six days, seven concerts, and over 1,200 miles, we can finally take a deep breath! The Great American Road Trip was, in fact, great because we got to see the beauties of our state, interact with incredible people, and make memories at local schools.

Some of the greatest highlights were our incredible concert venues in Springdale, Bluff, and Vernal as well as our guest artists like Brent Michael Davids. But what made the trip most memorable was the people who came to our concerts. While we were all abuzz with the Duo de la mouche, our audience was all aflutter with tweets and snaps about the concerts. Here are the best comments about #UtahSymphonyRoadTrip:


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