Symphony Plays Great Movie Themes at Visalia Fox Theater

Guest saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen. Courtesy/Tulare County Symphony
Guest saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen. Courtesy/Tulare County Symphony

The Tulare County’s most popular concert each year is the one featuring movie themes.

This year the Saturday, February 20 concert will be full of music that depicts exhilarating chase scenes, harrowing escapes, fantasy and adventure from popular films such as ET, Pirates of the Caribbean, Batman, Edward Scissorhands and many others.

Music director Bruce Kiesling is an admitted movie fanatic and has also written music formovies. His ear is always attuned to great themes.

“The music will not only delight you, but you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for movie music and its ability to inform the images we see in a film with emotion, tension, pacing and suspense,” he said.

Guest saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen will play “Escapades” from the film Catch Me If You Can.

Hulting-Cohen met Kiesling in Los Angeles when Hulting-Cohen was doing a research project on the El Sistema music system that Kiseling used while he was conducting the Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles.

Hulting-Cohen was going to play “Escapades” in Ann Arbor, and Kiseling asked to hear a recording of it, while deciding whether to play it in Visalia.

This show traditionally sells out, so it is good to get tickets early.

Tickets are $30 to $39.50 at the symphony office, 208 W. Main Street, Suite D, Visalia, downstairs in Montgomery Square.

Student prices are $10.

Tickets are also available by calling, 732-8600 or visit

The concert begins at 7:30pm at the Visalia Fox Theatre, but the audience is invited to attend the pre-concert preview by Kiesling at 6:45pm.

Kiesling knows all the behind-the-scenes information on the music and composers, so it is a great introduction to the concert.

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