San Francisco Symphony (SFS) announces performances of George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, to be presented as part of its 2018 Summer with the Symphony series. Performances of A New Hope take place July 19–21, followed by The Empire Strikes Back July 26–28, and Return of the Jedi, July 29–August 3. The SFS performs John Williams’ legendary score live to picture as the films are projected onto a large screen above the Davies Symphony Hall stage.
Tickets on sale for the general public Wednesday, December 13 at 10am. Tickets start at $50 and are available for purchase online at sfsymphony.org, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall box office on Grove Street between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue.
About the composer
In a career spanning ?ve decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for ?lm and for the concert stage. He has composed the music and served as music director for more than 100 ?lms, including all seven Star Wars ?lms, the ?rst three Harry Potter ?lms, Superman, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Memoirs of a Geisha, Far and Away, The Accidental Tourist, Home Alone, and The Book Thief. His 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful ?lms, including Schindler’s List, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones ?lms, Munich, Saving Private Ryan, The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse, and Lincoln. His contributions to television music include scores for more than 200 television ?lms such as the groundbreaking anthology series Alcoa Theatre, Kraft Television Theatre, Chrysler Theatre, and Playhouse 90, as well as themes for NBC Nightly News (“The Mission”), NBC’s Meet the Press, and the PBS arts showcase Great Performances. He also composed themes for the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He has received ?ve Academy Awards® and 50 Oscar nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars. He has received seven British Academy Awards (BAFTA), 23 Grammys®, four Golden Globes®, ?ve Emmys®, and numerous gold and platinum records. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the International Olympic Committee’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement. He received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in December of 2004. In 2009, Williams was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and he received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. Government. In 2016, he received the 44th Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute — the ?rst time in their history that this honor was bestowed upon a composer.