Detroit, (May 15, 2019) – Relive the thrilling suspense of JAWS as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) plays the iconic score in sync with the film projected on the big screen.

JAWS In Concert takes place Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, within Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Joshua Gersen will conduct.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the concert hall...The original summer movie blockbuster, with an Academy Award®-winning score by composer John Williams, JAWS is an unforgettable film-with-live-orchestra experience! Directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, JAWS set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police, a young marine biologist and a grizzled shark hunter embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history. Now for the first time, audiences will have the chance to experience the power of a live symphony orchestra performing the entire score in sync with one of the greatest motion pictures of all time.

In the words of Chief Brody, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat!”

About Joshua Gersen

Joshua Gersen recently concluded his tenure as assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, where he made his subscription debut to critical acclaim in 2017. Gersen previously served as music director of the New York Youth Symphony and was named the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony, where he worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas.

Gersen has conducted the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and others. He served as assistant conductor at the 2012 Aspen Music Festival under Robert Spano and was principal conductor of the Ojai Music Festival the following summer.

Also a composer, Gersen has collaborated with John Adams, Christopher Rouse, Steven Mackey, Mason Bates, and others. His works have been premiered by the New Mexico Symphony, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and players from the New England Conservatory.

Gersen is a recipient of a 2015 and 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, the 2011 Aspen Conducting Prize, and 2010 Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. His primary teachers are Otto Werner Mueller and Michael Gandolfi.


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