Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert Media Review
Over the weekend, at Wellington’s TSB Arena, a unique event took place with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performing the music of Star Wars: A New Hope for a live screening of the original film.
By all accounts, it was a great Star Wars celebration, with costumed fans also in attendance to add to the atmosphere. Reported Kylie Klein Nixon, a self-confessed Star Wars fan, went along and has written up a glowing review at Stuff.co.nz.
Some of musical phrases in Williams’ score are so so iconic – the flute-lead winds of Tatooine, the ominous string and brass powered stomp of Darth Vader’s theme, the romantic wood winds of Luke Skywalker’s longing to escape his small town – I’m primed to hear them, literally on the edge of my seat in anticipation of them.
I’m not disappointed.
Tonight, lifting a 40-year embargo on John Williams’ iconic score, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra totally nails every single one of them.