EMPIRE STRIKES BACK IN CONCERT

Pacific Symphony’s SummerFest 2022 presented by City of Hope Orange County continues with a special concert at FivePoint Amphitheater: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert featuring screenings of the complete film with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live on the movie. The concert will be conducted by renowned conductor Richard Kaufman.

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its legendary storytelling, captivating characters, special effects groundbreaking works and his iconic musical scores composed by Williams.

Fans can experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved film in a live symphonic concert experience, when Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back debuts August 20 at the FivePoint Amphitheater in Irvine. For tickets, visit PacificSymphony.org or call the Pacific Symphony box office at (714) 755-5799. The SummerFest 2022 season is generously presented by City of Hope Orange County. Additional sponsors include PBS SoCal, K-Earth 101, KPCC 89.3 FM and Classical KUSC 91.5. The Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa is the official hotel of the Pacific Symphony.

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

Williams has won five Oscars, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and 23 Grammy Awards. With 51 Oscar nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most nominated living person and the second most nominated person in history, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’ score for 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope as the greatest American film score of all time. The A New Hope soundtrack has also been preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry, to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl 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 composed the scores for eight of top 20 highest-grossing films at the US box office (adjusted for inflation).