Galaxy of wonder
I HAVE a confession to make: until this Saturday I was one of those annoyingly pretentious people who bragged about having never watched a Star Wars film.
But if you’re going to wait several decades before watching one of most significant works in the pop culture canon, what better way to do it than with a live symphony orchestra playing the soundtrack.
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Nicholas Buc, gave a vibrant and spirited performance of John Williams’ iconic score to Star Wars: A New Hope.
The sound engineering required for this type of concert is no mean feat, and this performance was not without flaws. Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert Adelaide Entertainment Centre September 15
But overall, the orchestra’s sound was beautifully blended, with a warm, resonant tone from the string section, and sensitively phrased solos from many of the principal players.
Williams’ scores often make great demands of the brass players, and A New Hope is a prime example of this. The brass section, which was augmented to include seven French horns and two bass trombones, more than met these demands.
– MELANIE WALTERS