Star Wars has been part of American pop culture since 1977 when A New Hope was released in theaters and introduced fans to the series for the first time. Since then, books, movies, video games and television series have all added to the vast Star Wars universe. The music produced by composer John Williams is no exception; numerous tracks have imprinted into the minds of fans of all ages and stretched the limits of their imagination. From the themes of the battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul to the final battle at Endor, Star Wars in Concert brings the music of these iconic films to life through live performances in conjunction with footage from the movies replayed through three-story-high LED screens.
A Musical Journey Through a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Previously known as Star Wars: A Musical Journey, Star Wars in Concert is a series of concerts that feature choir and symphony orchestras. The concert's first performance took place at the O2 Arena in London, England, with 20,000 fans in attendance. The first tour in North America began on Oct. 9th, 2009 in Anaheim, Calif. The second and most recent North American tour ended on April 15th, 2015 in London, Ontario. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performed the majority of the concerts. All of the musical selections are based on the film episode order but do not necessarily correlate with the clips that are shown on screen. Star Wars in Concert returned two years later and kicked off at the David Geffen Hall Box Office on Star Wars Day (May the Fourth). In recognition of the commercial success of Star Wars, which is in part due to the orchestral score of John Williams, the American Film Institute chose the score to the very first movie as the greatest American film score of all time. Williams' music has earned him 23 Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes and five Academy Awards. He is also a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.
Where can I get Star Wars in Concert tickets?
You can find Star Wars in Concert tickets at StubHub, the world's largest online ticket marketplace.
What does the playlist for Star Wars in Concert look like?
The sequence for Star Wars in Concert consists of multiple compositions split between two sets: the beginning set kicks off with the movie series' opening fanfare followed by iconic themes such as "Dark Forces Conspire/Duel of the Fates" and "An Empire Is Forged/The Imperial March." It is followed by an intermission and concludes with the second set where "A Strike For Freedom/TIE Fighter Attack" and "Sanctuary Moon/Forest Battle" are included.
Who provides the narration for the concert event?
Anthony Daniels, who provides the voice of C-3PO, narrates the beginning of the concert. James Earl Jones, as the voice of Darth Vader, also lends his vocal talent to introduce Daniels' presence into the show.
What other instances was the score for Star Wars in Concert used?
John Williams' score has been used in different media, including video games such as Star Wars: Empire at War and Star Wars: Battlefield II as well as The Clone Wars and Rebels TV series.
Will Star Wars in Concert be performing near my city?
Several events for Star Wars in Concert are listed at StubHub, including the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, Calif.; the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Pa.; and The Empire Strikes Back Film Concert at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Is there anything similar to Star Wars in Concert?
If you're a fan of John Williams' score or orchestral movie compositions in general, you may like Jurassic Park in Concert.Back to Top
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