Return of the Jedi’ live

The Louisville Orchestra will present "Star Wars: A New Hope in concert" featuring screenings of the entire film with Oscar-winning composer John Williams' musical score performed live for the film.

May the force be with you, “Star Wars” fans. This summer, the Louisville Orchestra is giving you the opportunity to see one of the classic films while listening to the score performed live.

In a concert on July 2, the orchestra plans to perform John Williams’ iconic score from “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” live as the film screens at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St.

Hear live groundbreaking, award-winning scores composed by John Williams, who composed the music for all nine “Star Wars” films. “It changes the relationship of the film and the power of the score,” said Graham Parker, acting executive director of the Louisville Orchestra.

The concert is part of an ongoing film series hosted by the orchestra, produced by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox. Concert packages include a variety of formats, such as live-to-picture movie concerts and vocal and music compilations. themed instrumentals.

Previous “Star War” movies in the series include “Star Wars: A New Hope,” which was screened in 2018.

Luke, Leia and Han in the original Star Wars

Fans are also invited to dress as their favorite characters from the nine-part saga, from Wookiees to Princess Leia to the dashing Han Solo.

“We encourage people to come in costume,” Parker said. “People come in full ‘Star Wars’ gear and really get into it.”

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Conductor Teddy Abrams conducts the Louisville Orchestra during recent practice for the upcoming show, Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert.  The film will be shown at the Kentucky Center as the orchestra plays the score live, conducted by director Keitaro Harada.  Matt Stone/Courier Journal Conductor Teddy Abrams conducts the Louisville Orchestra during recent practice for the upcoming show, Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert.  The film will be shown at the Kentucky Center as the orchestra plays the score live, conducted by director Keitaro Harada.

As the sixth film in the nine-film saga, “Return of the Jedi” keeps the Force with the audience as legendary characters like Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Han Solo gather and join the growing Rebel fleet as Emperor Palpatine commands. his troops on board. his Death Star.

The orchestra will be conducted in concert by acclaimed conductor Jason Seber, currently associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony.

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