5 Dec 2018

NZSO brings Star Wars to life in 2019

From Upbeat, 3:03 pm on 5 December 2018

Star Wars fans will feel the force when the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra accompanies the films live in 2019.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Photo: © 2018 & ™LUCASFILM LTD. All Rights Reserved © Disney

The NZSO, conducted by Hamish McKeich will perform the music to Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back live, alongside screenings of the films, in the new year.

Following on from a successful A New Hope event in Wellington in March, the NZSO will now give Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington a chance to feel the force of the John Williams - composed music live in April, May and August 2019.

  • 28 April, 1:00pm & 6.30pm TSB Arena, Wellington – The Empire Strikes Back
  • 4 May, 7:00pm Spark Arena, Auckland  – A New Hope
  • 5 May, 4:00pm Spark Arena, Auckland  – The Empire Strikes Back
  • 3 August, 7:00pm, Horncastle Arena – A New Hope

We can’t wait for the Imperial March!


"Composer Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Original Score.  His scores for Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi each were nominated for Oscars for Best Original Score.

In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams' score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars also was preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry, for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."  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.  Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation)." - NZSO

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Photo: © 2018 & ™LUCASFILM LTD. All Rights Reserved © Disney