Star Wars: Film Concert Series to feature iconic scores performed live to film
May 4, 2018
Film Concert Series features composer John Williams’s complete scores from A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens performed live to picture by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sarah Hicks and Steven Reineke
A New Hope:
January 23, 24, 25, 26, 2019, at 7:30pm
The Empire Strikes Back:
March 20, 21, 22, 23, 2019, at 7:30pm
Return of the Jedi:
October 2, 3, 4, 5, 2019, at 7:30pm
The Force Awakens:
May 6, 7, 8, 9, 2020, at 7:30pm
May the Fourth, 2018: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will present the Star Wars: Film Concert Series featuring screenings of the complete films A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’s musical scores performed live to the films. The concerts will be led by conductor Sarah Hicks (A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back) and TSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke (Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens).
Tickets (ranging from $50.90 to $126.75) go on sale at 12:00pm today.
Please call 416.593.1285 or visit TSO.CA.
Since the release of the first Star Wars movie 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects, and iconic musical scores composed by Williams.
Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of these beloved Star Wars films in a live symphonic concert experience, as the Star Wars: Film Concert Series debuts January 23, 2019, at 7:30pm in Roy Thomson Hall. The full schedule is as follows:
January 23, 24, 25, 26, 2019, at 7:30pm—A New Hope
March 20, 21, 22, 23, 2019, at 7:30pm—The Empire Strikes Back
October 2, 3, 4, 5, 2019, at 7:30pm—Return of the Jedi
May 6, 7, 8, 9, 2020, at 7:30pm—The Force Awakens
Legendary composer Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Original Score. His scores for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and, most recently, Star Wars: The Last Jedi were each nominated for Best Original Score.
Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmys, and 23 Grammy Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’s score to 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to A New Hope was also preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009, and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).
The Star Wars: Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music.
STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
About Disney Concerts
Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts’ concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir. Current titles include the Star Wars: Film Concert Series (Episodes IV–VII), Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (Episodes I–IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year collectively accounted for over 400 performances in many of the world’s top concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum, and the Hollywood Bowl. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney’s portfolio of studios, including Disney’s feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel, are currently in development.
The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The 2017/18 season is dedicated to H. Thomas Beck in recognition of his vital and long-standing support of the TSO.