An Evening with Sarah Vowell and Michael Giacchino

Join bestselling author Sarah Vowell and film composer Michael Giacchino for an amusing evening in conversation. And what is their irresistible topic of choice? "The Old and the Dead." Who says history class can't be fun? This dynamic duo joins together to discuss their shared 1970s-bicentennial childhoods as well as a unique perspective on colonial and pop culture touchstones. They arrive armed with an arsenal of personal experiences, fascinating Hollywood anecdotes and unbelievable tales from American history.

Sarah Vowell's voice permeates our culture in many ways — as Violet Parr in The Incredibles, as a contributing editor for This American Life, and as a bestselling author (The Wordy Shipmates, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States). Michael Giacchino’s music fills our lives and living rooms, as the composer behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Incredibles and hundreds more award-winning film scores, television series and video games. As colleagues, the June 2018 opening of Incredibles 2 unites them on film; their friendship and shared desire to entertain and inform in unexpected ways unites them for a fascinating evening of conversation on stage.

Sarah Vowell is the New York Times’ bestselling author of seven nonfiction books on American history and culture. By examining the connections between the American past and present, she offers personal, often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as thoughts on American Indians, utopian dreamers, pop music and the odd cranky cartographer. Her most recent book is entitled Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. Vowell was also a contributing editor for the public radio show This American Life from 1996–2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program’s live shows.

Composer Michael Giacchino has credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including Inside Out, The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Zootopia and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which marked the first score to be composed for a Star Wars film following John Williams. Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit Up earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics' Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards. Upcoming projects include two highly anticipated sequels, The Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World 2, both being released in summer 2018.

Benaroya Hall Events

Dates and Tickets

  • 7 Apr (Sat) 2018 8:00PM


Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall - Benaroya Hall