One of the greatest moments of Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, this year was a total surprise: when John Williams emerged from behind a curtain with a full symphony orchestra and did a medley of his incredible and instantly recognizable themes from the film. This fall in New York City, fans can double down, hearing his iconic film scores live as played by the New York Philharmonic while watching the films that they so beautifully accompany. It's the latest event in this, the 40th anniversary year of the famous franchise.
In a special "Film Concert Series" at Lincoln Center, fans can watch the original trilogy plus the most recent episode in the Skywalker saga with live scoring. Star Wars: A New Hope is first, on September 15-16; The Empire Strikes Back follows September 26-28 (yes, there's an extra day for this fan-favorite film); Return of the Jedi screens October 4-5; and The Force Awakens follows directly on October 6-7. Tickets run from $65-$165 and are on sale now for all showings at the NY Philharmonic website.
David Newman, who has scored films like Serenity, Galaxy Quest and around 100 others, will conduct the NY Phil for the shows. Disney Concerts, 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm and Warner/Chappel Music are credited with the event. NY Phil's official description of the event, and a preview video, follows.
"Experience these films as never before at the world’s first-ever live performance of Star Wars — Film Concert Series! Don’t miss your chance to see these epic films on screen with the unparalleled New York Philharmonic performing the iconic music of John Williams."