What could possibly be more epic than Star Wars? Only watching it in a massive theater with live music. The New York Philharmonic is presenting its first-ever Star Wars concert series in September, featuring all three original films and The Force Awakens set to their iconic scores.
Starting Sept. 15, a handful of tickets are still available to see A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens. Tickets start sat $65, but that’s a movie plus a concert, packaged into one.
Live performances of music from the screen are slowly creeping up as a coveted fan pastime. The Game of Thrones concert experience hit some two dozen cities on a national tour featuring composer Ramin Djawadi. John Williams won’t be present for the Star Wars series, but it will be conducted by seasoned film composer David Newman. Other films with memorable music get the concert experience from time to time, too the Mann Center in Philadelphia is slowly pushing through Harry Potter with one movie every summer, and Williams himself plays snippets of his filmography every year at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Rogue One composer Michael Giacchino led a Lost concert in 2016 for a the show’s anniversary (a smaller, similar concert was held in Hawaii during the show’s filming).
You can find tickets for the remaining Star Wars concert screenings here. The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 15 8:00 p.m. – A New Hope
Sept. 16 8:00 p.m. – A New Hope
Sept. 26 7:30 p.m. – The Empire Strikes Back
Sept. 27 7:30 p.m. – The Empire Strikes Back
Sept. 28 7:30 p.m. – The Empire Strikes Back
Oct. 4 7:30 p.m. – Return of the Jedi
Oct. 5 7:30 p.m. – Return of the Jedi
Oct. 6 8:00 p.m. – The Force Awakens
Oct. 7 8:00 p.m. – The Force Awakens