A Review of Star Wars in Concert

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Unique Presentation of Iconic Film Scores

The Force was strong at the Air Canada Centre on November 26, 2009 as Star Wars in Concert played its Toronto engagement.

Consisting of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the largest LCD screens ever built for a travelling performance and a sophisticated light and laser show, Star Wars in Concert wowed both fans and music lovers in Toronto.

A Rare Star Wars Concert

Hosted by Anthony Daniels, the only actor to play the same character in all six Star Wars films, and featuring the voice of James Earl Jones, Star Wars in Concert tells the story of the Star Wars saga through its iconic music. Carefully selected by Star Wars composer John Williams and Star Wars creator George Lucas, the most notable movements from the scores of the six Star Wars films are married to equally and carefully selected and edited video sequences. Touching on the most notable themes and images from the films each segment of the show is essentially an astounding music video with live music, along with a light show and pyrotechnics.

Accompanying the concert is a travelling exhibition of props, conceptual art and costumes, such as Queen Amidala’s royal robes and Darth Vader’s armour and other props and costumes, some of which have not been seen in thirty years. Unlike most film studios, Lucasfilm is famous among Star Wars fans and movie buffs for its decision to retain and carefully catalogue all of the props, weapons and costumes used in its films, especially those used in the making of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. As a result, Star Wars in Concert also offers fans a rare glimpse into the Lucasfilm archives.

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

At times, taking on the atmosphere of a rock show, the combination of the music, the lighting and Star Wars’ highly active and enthusiastic fan base all contribute to give Star Wars in Concert a unique look and feel.

As some of the most iconic film scores ever written, Star Wars in Concert puts the spotlight on one of Star Wars’ best elements, its music. A well written score can elevate a film and help to set it apart, but most movie goers do not separate the visual elements from the music that serves to accentuate them. In this way, Star Wars in Concert is different, as it uses a technique called “Leitmotif,” which serves to connect certain melodic phrases with certain characters and images, allowing the music to be re-orchestrated as needed.

From the strident notes of the Imperial March, to the whimsy of the Mos Eisely Cantina’s jazz-like music, to the bombast of Duel of the Fates and the subtle beauty of Leia’s Theme, Star Wars in Concert is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear live some of the best movie music ever written and to travel to the galaxy far, far away.

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