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Los Angeles Premiere of Composer John Williams’ Award-winning Scores to “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” to be Performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Conducted by David Newman at the Hollywood Bowl


BURBANK, Calif., July 31, 2018  — The Los Angeles Philharmonic will present screenings of the complete films in HD on the Hollywood Bowl’s big screen “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” with Oscar® -winning composer John Williams’ score performed live to the film.  The concerts will be conducted by David Newman.

Newman is an Oscar®-nominated composer (“Anastasia”) scoring over 110 films and is a highly sought-after conductor leading orchestras throughout the world including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Harmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has made 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 John Williams.

Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of the Star Wars saga in a live, symphonic concert experience with the Star Wars Film Concert Series beginning August 7 through August 11.  The schedule is below:

Tuesday, August 7

8:00pm Concert – “A New Hope”

Friday, August 10

8:00pm Concert – “A New Hope”

Thursday, August 9

8:00pm Concert – “The Empire Strikes Back”

Saturday, August 11

8:00pm Concert – “The Empire Strikes Back”

John Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars (A New Hope) for which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. Most recently, his scores for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were nominated for an Oscar.

The Star Wars Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts, the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company.  Disney Concerts currently licenses a variety of concert packages including, “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Fantasia,” “Pixar In Concert,” “Frozen,” “Ratatouille,” “The Pirates of the Caribbean” series (episodes I-IV), and “Silly Symphonies,” which last year accounted for over 400 performances in some of the world’s top venues, including, Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum and the Hollywood Bowl.

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SOURCE: Disney Concerts

CONTACT: Maria Kleinman, Disney Music Group Publicity, [email protected], 818.560.5867