Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

Nov 23

7:30 PM


Friday, November 23, 2018

The saga continues at Symphony Center with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped—with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Don’t miss one of the most popular science fiction films of all time shown on the big screen with John Williams’ unforgettable score—from the brassy and foreboding Imperial March to the noble Yoda’s Theme—performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert - November 24 & 25


Approximate concert duration: 153 minutes including intermission


Williams The Empire Strikes Back


Preconcert conversation
30 minute run-time

Friday, November 23, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage

The best of three "Star Wars" films, "The Empire Strikes Back" is also most thought-provoking. After the space opera cheerfulness of the original film, this one plunges into darkness and even despair, and surrenders more completely to the underlying mystery of the story. It is because of the emotions stirred in "Empire'' that the entire series takes on a mythic quality that resonates back to the first and ahead to the third. This is the heart. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

The first time Richard Kaufman met film composer John Williams, the former was playing violin as the latter conducted during a recording session for the film “Jaws.” Kaufman was already a fan of the soon-to-be-famous Williams, having enjoyed his soundtrack work for “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1969). When he told Williams as much, the maestro looked at him as if to say, “Oh, are you the one that saw it?” More recently, Kaufman has toured the country conducting Williams’ music for George Lucas’ “Star Wars” films: "The music John writes truly accompanies the story and only calls attention to itself when he means for it to call attention to itself.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


The CSO at the Movies series is generously sponsored by Megan and Steven Shebik.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.