In December, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hit cinemas bringing an end to the saga of the new trilogy. Needless to say the fandom surrounding the franchise will hit a fever pitch, bringing the interest behind the sci-fi series to new heights.
Rather fittingly, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra is also getting on the Star Wars bandwagon with a special concert presentation of ‘The Music of Star Wars’. The overwhelming response for the concert has seen the MPO add on an additional date on Thursday 12 December 2019 at 8.30 pm.
So now, from 12-14 December 2019, the MPO led by composer Dirk Brossé will enthral audiences with the signature compositions of the sci-fi space series, composed by John Williams. For those who were not able to get their tickets to this concert series, rest assured, the additional date on the 12th of December is now your best best to witness this performance live.
Brossé, who is currently Music Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, will be leading this ‘out-of-this-world’ concert to life in the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas with the help of the MPO. Ahead of the concert experience, we spoke to the internationally acclaimed conductor and composer to talk about the upcoming performance, John Williams and the music from a galaxy, far away.
John Williams has
scored nine of the Star Wars films.
Is it safe to assume that the music list for this concert will include at least
one from each film?
The music to be performed are pieces from following films: A New Hope , The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, The Empire Strikes Back, The Return of the Jedi.
Will this include
other Star Wars scores from Williams
such as ‘Galaxy’s Edge’?
What are the odds of
the latest theme from The Rise of Skywalker
making it into the playlist?
We are not performing that, unfortunately.
Which particular Star Wars score is your favourite and
I like the principal Main Theme very much because this is the musical signature of all the Star Wars music and movies. The theme is powerful, easily recognisable, magisterially orchestrated and above all, very well crafted!
The ‘Star Wars’ Theme
and ‘The Imperial March’ are arguably the most famous scores from the films.
But which Williams’ scores for the franchise, in your opinion, that are grossly
I think Yoda’s theme and Princess Lea’s theme.
As a conductor, what
appeals most to you about these scores that Williams has produced for Star Wars?
This Star Wars music refers to classical music in general. The many beautiful themes sound familiar and are easy to remember. Once you hear the melody, it stays in your memory forever. Only great composers can do so. The music goes perfectly with the images. Without the music, the space images would be unreal and boring to look at. Watching and listening to this powerful music ultimately brings you to space.
How instrumental are
they in bringing a new dimension to the film series?
In the 1970’s, John Williams brought back the symphonic soundtrack into the world of film music. It was an answer to the electronic generated scores made with plastic synthesizer sounds. With the Star Wars scores, Williams truly changed the future of film music.