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Cape Movie Magic sounds off tonight

By Staff | Feb 27, 2010

Movie lovers will have something to shout about today when Cape Movie Magic returns for what organizers hope is a wildly successful sequel to last year’s inaugural event.
Moving from Cultural Park to Four Freedoms in downtown Cape Coral, the Gulf Coast Symphony will play music from some of the most popular flicks in motion picture history, all live, and all for free.
Organizer and symphony conductor Andrew Kurtz said last week the event is truly aimed at families, which are urged to bring blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy at the water- front location.
“This is an outdoor symphonic pops concert that’s geared toward families. That’s what were philosophically trying to do,” Kurtz said last week. “We’re committed to making this a great concert. It’s going to be absolutely exciting, and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.”
The concert begins at 4 p.m., an earlier start time than last year.
Kurtz said the earlier start time was an effort to really foster the family atmosphere.
Families will be able to take in the full concert, and still make it home in time to have dinner.
“We felt very strongly that, if this is going to be a family event, then it needed to be done by dinner time,” Kurtz said previously. “If this was going to be a true family event, then the concert needs to start by 4.”
Last year’s concert leaned heavily on the music of composer John Williams, whose memorable scores have become etched into the popular subconscious over the last five decades.
“Star Wars,” “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” “Schindler’s List,” “Superman” and “Harry Potter” all featured some of Williams’ most indelible work, and wowed the audience last year.
This year Kurtz said there will be a few of Williams’ compositions — “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” and the new “Star Wars” trilogy – but music from the “Batman” films, “James Bond” film series and “Star Trek” will also be featured.
Cape Movie Magic is part of the orchestra’s free POPS in the Park series, which is also performed at Estero Park.
Cape Movie Magic is free and open to the public.
Some vendors will be available, but Gulf Coast Symphony is encouraging families to bring blankets, picnic baskets, and lawn chairs to enjoy the show.
Limited reserved (on-site) parking will be available at the event for at least a $5 donation on first-come, first-served basis. And limited free parking will be available at public parking spaces around the downtown area of South Cape Coral, according to the event’s Web site.
For more information, visit gulfcoastsymphony.org, or call 277-1700.