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Tuesday September 5, 2023

The Minnesota Orchestra Presents "Werewolf By Night" Film in Concert on October 4

Based on the Marvel Comics, the 50-minute horror-fantasy film was released in 2022 on Disney+ and features a score composed by Michael Giacchino, who also directed the film

The concert is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Symphony in 60 series: programs with pre- and post-concert activities designed to introduce audiences to Orchestra Hall

The Minnesota Orchestra’s popular U.S. Bank Movies & Music Series opens its 2023-24 season with a presentation of the film Werewolf by Night live-in-concert. Led by Sarah Hicks, the principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, the Orchestra will perform Michael Giacchino’s original score while the film plays in high-definition on a screen above the stage.

Giacchino is among the most acclaimed American composers of music for film, television and video games of the 21st century. He received an Emmy for Lost, and three Grammys for composing the scores of Ratatouille and Up—the latter also earned Giacchino an Oscar. Giacchino’s other film score credits include The Incredibles, Coco, Jojo Rabbit, Star Trek, Jurassic World, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Spider-Man: No Way Home. In addition to writing the score to Werewolf by Night, Giacchino also directed the film, marking his directorial debut.

The concert will be presented at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday, October 4, at 7 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $25 to $48. Free tickets are available for listeners ages 13-18, thanks to the Orchestra’s Hall Pass program. For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org/hallpass. [Please note: This film is rated PG-13. Parents strongly cautioned as some material may be inappropriate for children under the age of 13.]

Werewolf by Night was released in 2022 as a television special on Disney+; the performance at Orchestra Hall will be one of its first screenings on a big screen. Werewolf by Night is based on the Marvel Comics by the same name and follows a secret cabal of monster hunters through one dark night as they search for a powerful relic. The film stars Gael García Bernal as the monster hunter turned werewolf Jack Russell, also known as Werewolf by Night, and Laura Donnelly as Elsa Bloodstone, the estranged daughter of famed monster hunter Ulysses Bloodstone. Upon its release, Werewolf by Night became the first Marvel Studios Special Presentation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Symphony in 60 concerts are one hour in duration include activities designed to welcome new and returning audiences to Orchestra Hall. Features include earlier start times, a pre-concert $6 Happy Hour and a post-concert onstage reception with musicians, making the program a great introduction for new Orchestra audiences. Subsequent Symphony in 60 programs during the 2023-24 season will take place on April 20 and May 11, 2024.

Other major films will be presented live in concert throughout the season as part of the Orchestra’s U.S. Bank Movies & Music Series, including Get Out on October 27-28, Home Alone on November 25-26, Frozen on December 15-17, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ Part 1 on January 25-27 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi on May 16-18.


About Sarah Hicks

Sarah Hicks is the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, a broad-spectrum series of popular music, jazz, Broadway classics and movie scores. In this role, she oversees planning for the Live at Orchestra Hall season and conducts many performances on that series by the full Orchestra. Hicks’ career has seen collaborations with a diverse range of artists, from Hilary Hahn and Dmitri Hvorostovsky to Rufus Wainwright, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson. She has been an artistic leader in concerts featuring artists from Minnesota’s internationally renowned popular music scene—including shows with The New Standards and collaborations with singer, rapper and writer Dessa and indie band Cloud Cult.

A specialist in film music and the film in concert genre, she is passionate about creating concert experiences which combine sight and sound, and that welcome new audiences to the orchestral genre. She has premiered Pixar in Concert and Disney and Pixar’s Coco in Concert; her live concert recording of A Celebration of the Music from Coco at the Hollywood Bowl can be seen on Disney+ and her work on The Little Mermaid Live! was broadcast on ABC. With the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, she recorded film music for an album titled The Morricone Duel, which was released in 2018, has been broadcast around the world and has garnered over 150 million views on YouTube. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

Symphony in 60


with the Minnesota Orchestra


Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 7 p.m. / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks, conductor


Tickets: $25 to $48 [Free tickets available for young listeners ages 13 to 18, thanks to the Hall Pass program.]


[Please note: This film is rated PG-13. Parents strongly cautioned as some material may be inappropriate for children under the age of 13.]


Tickets and subscription packages can be purchased now at minnesotaorchestra.org or by calling 612-371-5656. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

Werewolf by Night is a Marvel Studios Presentation. Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with Marvel Studios and Little Jacket Industries. All rights reserved. ©2022 MARVEL

The Minnesota Orchestra’s Movies & Music Series is presented by U.S. Bank.

The Hall Pass program makes free tickets available for young listeners under the age of 18 for select Classical and Symphony in 60 concerts, and all Family concerts. This program is sponsored by Cynthia and Jay Ihlenfeld. For more information, visit minnesotaorchestra.org/hallpass.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.