Benjamin Northey conductor
About the performance
‘I am a Jedi, like my father before me…’
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will present the spectacular, climactic sixth episode of the original Star Wars saga, Return of the Jedi in concert with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores performed live to the films, led by conductor Benjamin Northey.
In the now-legendary 1983 film, Darth Vader readies the second Death Star to unleash the final blow to the Rebel Alliance. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca are joined by Jabba the Hutt, Yoda and the Ewoks in this adventure across the galaxy. Experience the scope and grandeur of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi live in concert as it comes to life on the Plenary stage courtesy of your MSO.
“This movie is such a masterpiece, the unmasking of Darth Vader remains a seminal moment in cinematic history. John Williams once again enhances the drama through his perfect use of music and dramaturgy. I am beyond excited to conduct this score!” - MSO Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey
“This movie is such a masterpiece, the unmasking of Darth Vader remains a seminal moment in cinematic history. John Williams once again enhances the drama through his perfect use of music and dramaturgy. I am beyond excited to conduct this score!”
- MSO Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey
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, ground-breaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams. Witness the final face-off between Luke and Darth Vader in full symphonic sound.
Learn more about John Williams’ Oscar-winning score for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi from film experts, Dr Dan Golding and Andrew Pogson from The Art of the Score podcast as they travel to a galaxy far, far away for this pre-concert talk held inside The Plenary.
Pre-concert talk times
Thursday 7 November: 6.15pm
Friday 8 November: 6.15pm
Saturday 9 November: 11.45am
Star Wars — Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music. 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. ©2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALLRIGHTS RESERVED ©Disney.
Rated PG (Mild science fiction violence).
Please note, the venue for this concert is the Plenary, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf. Download MCEC Plenary seat map here.