San Francisco Symphony Performs Back to the Future Score This Weekend

Great Scott! It's been 30 years since the characters of Marty McFly and Emmett “Doc” Brown first thrilled audiences on the silver screen in the beloved sci-fi flick Back to the Future — and local fans can celebrate the anniversary with two very special events this weekend in the city. The San Francisco Symphony continues its highly successful film and concert series, where a movie is shown using a unique technology that removes the music soundtrack (leaving the dialogue and other sound) so that the orchestra can perform the score live, all synced up perfectly with the action on screen.

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While the Huey Lewis tunes “Back in Time” and “The Power of Love,” along with Michael J. Fox’s take on “Johnny B. Goode” may be the initial things to pop into some people’s minds when thinking about the music of the film, the soaring score for the movie provides much of the emotional tone for key scenes throughout the time-travel tale. Composer Alan Silvestri, who earned a Grammy nomination for his work on Back to the Future — and who wrote the scores for other films such as Forest Gump, The Polar Express, Predator and The Avengers — will be hosting the electrifying screenings at Davies Symphony Hall.

Fans arriving early on Saturday (6 p.m.) will have a chance to have their picture taken with a replica DeLorean in front of the hall’s box office, but there's no word yet on whether it will have the required 1.21 gigawatts of power to make the flux capacitor kick in at 88 miles per hour. Don’t be chicken, McFly! Get your tickets before you’re “Outta Time!”

Back to the Future with the San Francisco Symphony, Saturday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday July 19 at 2 p.m. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. Tickets are $39-$139.

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