'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' in Concert

Hear 'Episode V' get the epic live orchestra treatment — again — from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Sarah Ward
Published on January 31, 2023

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When Darth Vader told Luke Skywalker that they're more than just mortal enemies, it became one of the most famous lines of dialogue in movie history (and one of the most misquoted). If you've seen Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back, you'll know that it's a powerful, memorable moment that changes the shape of the entire space saga. Even if you haven't, you still know what we're talking about.

Now, imagine just how epic it'll feel when you're watching the flick on a big screen and listening to John Williams' iconic score played by a live orchestra. Yes, The Force is strong in Melbourne once more, with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra staging the next in its series of Star Wars events: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert.

This isn't the first time that the MSO has done the honours with this very film, but after returning to Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope already in 2023, it's clearly working its way back through the space-opera franchise. This time, there'll be multiple screens and performances over two weekends at Hamer Hall: from Thursday, October 5–Sunday, October 8 and Thursday, October 19–Saturday, October 21.

Jedis, wookiees and droids alike can expect tussles between the Rebels and the Empire, Luke learning his true parentage, Han flirting with Leia and getting frozen in carbon, Chewbacca being awesome, R2-D2 being adorable and C-3PO being annoying (well, he is). Plus, it's the flick that marks the first appearance of Lando Calrissian and the first time 'The Imperial March' is heard.

Conductor Nicholas Buc will be leading the charge again, and expect an energetic performance — it's his favourite Star Wars score.

Updated: Friday, October 6, 2023.


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