SAN JOSE, CA — Symphony Silicon Valley will present Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts. These screenings of the complete film will feature Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ score performed live, led by acclaimed conductor Jeffrey Schindler. Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved film in a live symphonic concert experience March 29-31. [Click here for event information]
Since the release of the first Star Wars movie nearly forty years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams.
Legendary composer John Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Original Score. His compositions for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were each nominated for Best Original Score.
Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and twenty-three Grammy Awards. With fifty-one Academy Award nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history after Walt Disney.
In 2005, the American Film Institute selected his score for 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack was also preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
John Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009, and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. He has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).
Conductor Jeffrey Schindler enjoys a dynamic international career that takes him from concert podiums around the world to the scoring stages of Hollywood and the recording studios of London. Whether leading symphonic works of the Masters, classic film scores or cutting-edge contemporary and commercial music, his energy and visionary musical storytelling are hallmarks of every performance. Mr. Schindler’s artistry melds imaginative and illuminating performances with expressive and powerful technique, impeccable scholarship and vibrant energy.
The Star Wars: Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music.
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