Thursday, December 10, 2009

STAR WARS in Concert

The STAR WARS music was and always will be my first and most memorable experience of classic music. Not only opened it my (young) mind back in 1977, it also stayed with me, due to the artistry of John Williams and all those other classic soundtrack composers (Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Alan Silvestry - you name it!). So the STAR WARS concert idea was a no brainer, though it took more than 30 years to come up with ;-) Well, basically it´s more a multi media live show, but the concept with Anthony Daniels hosting it, the great performance of the orchestra conducted by Dirk Brosse and the visuals as a welcomed eye candy, well it worked very well! I visited the concert in Atlanta, Ga November 3rd and thanks to my pal Carsten (who invited me ;-) ) - we had a great STAR WARS evening. The exhibition, which accompanied the show in the foyer wasn´t that special (well, at least if you were at one of those ´other´ real STAR WARS exhibitions at the Smithsonian for example), but added a nice touch. Way more small children attended the show, so it really was a family event for the youglings and their parents. I doubt the kids really enjoyed the concert (especially considering the length of 2 hours) - but that is something every parents should think about BEFORE I buy the tickets ;-)
We had a great time - too bad John Williams itself wouldn´t conduct his own masterpieces. Would I recommend it - absolutely! Go see it!

UPDATE: Found a spot on review about a European SW in concert show on the web. Matt really nails it - excellent read!

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