Galaxy of won­der

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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

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