Symphony Silicon Valley Offers A New Hope

For the first time in three years, we didn’t get a Star Wars movie for the holidays. You know what? That’s okay. We were due to take a year… what’s that? The original one is coming to San Jose? With that sweeping John Williams score played by a live orchestra?

Forget what I was about to say… I want that music overtaking me. I want to feel the majesty shaking me down to my toes. And I’m headed to the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts to do it. That’s at the end of March — just the right timing between Captain Marvel and Hellboy. Because there’s nothing like experiencing a movie with the music being played just for you. It’s like being one with the Force.

From Symphony Silicon Valley:

Symphony Silicon Valley will present the Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert featuring screenings of the complete film with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film. The concert will be led by acclaimed conductor Jeffrey Schindler.

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie nearly 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had 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 Williams.

Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved film in a live symphonic concert experience, when the Star Wars: A New Hope performs in San Jose March 29 through 31 at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

Legendary composer Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope for which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. His scores for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and most recently Star Wars: The Last Jedi were each nominated for Best Original Score.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and 23 Grammy Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’ score to 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to A New Hope also was preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry, for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009, and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).

The Star Wars: Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music.

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Who: Symphony Silicon Valley presents

What: Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert

When: Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 30 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, March 31 at 1:30pm

Where: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA 95113

Tickets: $50 to $100

On-line at:

By Phone: 408.286.2600 ext. 23

In Person: 325 So First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm

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