A live orchestra brings an immediacy to the film that cannot be replicated
KALAMAZOO, MI, October 11, 2018 — The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will present “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,” on October 11 and 12, with Oscar-winning composer John Williams' musical scores performed live to the full-length feature film. Fans will experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved “Star Wars” film in a live, symphonic concert experience. These performances continue the KSO's three-year deal with Disney®, announced March 2017, and feature the orchestra under the direction of Resident Conductor, Daniel Brier. Both concerts are at Miller Auditorium, and tickets are available through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office, or at kalamazoosymphony.com.
“I am excited to return to the music of Star Wars,” said Daniel Brier, KSO Resident Conductor. “The music is passionate, brilliant, and exhilarating! A live orchestra brings an immediacy to the film that cannot be replicated.”
As part of its agreement with Disney, the KSO presented “Star Wars: A New Hope,” to Kalamazoo audiences last year. The orchestra will perform “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” during its 2019-2020 season.
Concert Schedule and Tickets
Attendees are encouraged to dress in Star Wars attire and to arrive early. Local Star Wars groups and costuming organizations will be available for photos and conversation beginning at 7 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Miller Auditorium's third floor balcony has been opened for both performances and offers additional $25 seating options for patrons. Tickets may be purchased online at KalamazooSymphony.com, or by calling the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 269.387.2300.
Visit the KSO at kalamazoosymphony.com for performance details, ticketing and schedules. Prices, artists, dates, times and programs are subject to change without notice.
The KSO receives major support from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The KSO also receives generous support from other local, state and national foundations, as well as private and corporate support.
About the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1921, the KSO (kalamazoosymphony.com) is Southwest Michigan's premiere musical organization and the state's third largest orchestra. Serving Michigan's fourth largest metropolitan area, the KSO provides more than 30 concert performances each year, reaching more than 80,000 adults and youth annually with exceptional symphonic music and world-class guest artists. With an equally vibrant educational mission, the KSO offers school-based programs that music teachers rely on to support their curriculum and after-school programs that have been recognized by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards and Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. The KSO has won numerous awards and grants, including the Met Life Award for Arts Access in Underserved Communities, the National Endowment for the Arts for its extensive education programs, and a major Ford Foundation grant to establish its innovative Artists in Residence program.
About Disney Concerts
Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts' concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney's portfolio of studios, including Disney's feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel, are currently in development.
STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie White, (269) 349.7759, [email protected]
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