SF Symphony to Preform Live-to-Screen Concert of ‘Hocus Pocus’

‘Boooooook!’ *backdropped by live SF orchestra*

Hocus Pocus is garnered as a cult classic through its tongue-and-cheekiness and outright campness. When you break down the movie outside the guise of abject adoration, it’s not particularly good; this is completely OK; not everything in this world that affords us joy needs to be necessarily trailed by a cerebral review.

It’s hard to imagine a way the 1993 film could get better. Well, when we learned that the SF Symphony is hosting a live-to-screen score of the film next, week, we (serendipitously) found our answer.

Presented with a partnership with Disney Concerts, the entire hour-and-thirty-six-minute film will be backdropped by a score from SF’s award-winning symphony. Such productions like this have been adapted in the past for Jaws, Jurassic Park, and more.

What can you expect while watching? For one, attendees will be treated to film-adapted scores from what’s widely considered among the most artistically adventurous and innovative arts institutions in the country. Moreover: All of this will play out while the entire movie is projected on the big screen at Davies Symphony Hall.

We’re all for Ooky Spooky season. We’re also v into any and all serotonin we can sequester. This is a happy meeting of the two.

The SF Symphony’s live-to-screen Hocus Pocus playing will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25th; the program will be conducted by Sarah Hicks, directed by Kenny Ortega, and composed by John Debney; for more information on the concert, including how to purchase tickets, visit sfsymphony.org.

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