Hearing a film score in a darkened theater can be exciting, but you have to hear it live to understand its full potential. Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) gives locals the chance to do that during their “Straight from the Soundtrack” concerts Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St., Mobile).

“Many of our revered classical scores come from the world of popular entertainment,” MSO Music Director Scott Speck said in a release. “Over the past half-century, some of the greatest music has come from the art of film (and even from video games). Some of this music is every bit as complex and well-crafted as the opera music from a century earlier.”

The concert features music from “Out of Africa,” the Harry Potter films, “Avatar,” “The Mission,” “Star Trek VIII — First Contact” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”

The Saturday show begins at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Concertgoers can join their pre-concert talk, “TakeNote,” in Room 1927 adjacent to the Saenger entrance. The lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

Tickets cost $15 to $80 and can be purchased at the MSO box office (257 Dauphin St.), by calling 251-432-2010 or online at mobilesymphony.org. Student tickets cost $10. Students in grades K-12 can attend Sunday performances free when accompanied by a paying adult through the MSO Big Red Ticket program sponsored by Alabama Power.

Ultimate “insider” art at USA museum

The University of South Alabama (USA) Archaeology Museum (6052 USA Drive S., Mobile) will host the opening reception for “Art on the Inside,” an exhibit visiting in conjunction with Auburn University and USA’s Common Read/Common World program. The latter of that pair featured Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy” as the year’s featured reading selection.

The traveling exhibit contains work produced by students who have taken pre-college art classes in Auburn University’s Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. It contains drawings, photographs and poems.

The reception takes place Feb. 12, 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments are provided and a guest speaker will make introductory comments. Admission is free.

For more information, call 251-460-6106 or go to southalabama.edu/org/archaeology/museum.

Arts center seeks feedback on funding

The Azalea City Center for the Arts is ready to launch a capital funding campaign to build an updated, more fully functioning center for expanding needs, and would like input from the community before going further.

The center is distributing surveys to interested members of the public as part of the process. The questionnaire takes only 10 minutes to complete and should be turned in by Feb. 15.

If you would like to access and complete a survey, call 251-510-1808 or email azaleacity@mindspring.com.