Star Wars fans, get ready! From July 18 to August 3, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will present performances of George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, with the Orchestra performing John Williams’ legendary scores live to picture as the films are projected onto a large screen above the Davies Symphony Hall stage.
From July 18th–21st, Sarah Hicks conducts the SFS in performances of A New Hope; followed by Emil de Cou leading the Orchestra in The Empire Strikes Back on July 26–28; and Return of the Jedi with conductor Jack Everly, July 29–August 3.
Since the release of A New Hope in 1977, the Star Wars films have had a far-reaching impact on popular culture, with many of their key themes and phrases becoming embedded in the popular lexicon. They have inspired a generation of film lovers with their iconic visuals, sounds, and narratives, and have spawned numerous sequels, spin-offs, games, and texts.
The SFS’s Summer with the Symphony series, which includes an array of family-friendly and classical programs, kicks off on July 3, and continues on July 12 with a family-friendly concert presentation—José Hernández leads his world-famous ensemble Mariachi Sol de México® in a tribute to Mexico’s heritage and rich music, playing favorites from both Mexico and the United States in an exhilarating performance of vibrant rhythms and showmanship (note: the SFS does not appear in this performance). July 13–14 concerts feature Alexander Prior conducting the SFS in masterpieces from the Russian classical repertoire, including Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s monumental Violin Concerto performed by William Hagen. And on July 22, Jayce Ogren conducts the SFS, joined by pianist Adam Golkain its annual free concert at the 81st Stern Grove Festival, an admission-free performing arts series that has taken place every summer since 1938 in Sigmund Stern Grove. The program includes Sibelius’ majestic Symphony No. 2, described by the composer as “a confession of the soul.”
Tickets for all Star Wars concerts are available now at sfsymphony.org. [Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Warner / Chappell Music.]; (415) 864-6000; and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, located on Grove Street between Franklin and Van Ness. All concerts are at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, unless otherwise noted.