Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi.
Powell Hall | 718 N. Grand Blvd. | All ages | $19.50-$105
Next weekend, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is proud to perform the score of 1983’s Return of the Jedi, the third and final film in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy. For those who have not attended one of the Symphony’s movie presentations before, this is not just a concert consisting of the songs from the film’s score: the symphony actually accompanies the film, performing the score live in time with the movie as it plays on a large screen hanging over the stage. And while Star Wars creator George Lucas was enough of a stickler for movie sonics that he developed THX, the gold standard for movie theater sound, even the best theater can’t hope to compare to the sound of a full orchestra blasting out John Williams’ inimitable, Oscar-nominated compositions in a venue as acoustically impeccable as Powell Hall.
This pandemic-delayed performance completes a run through the classic trilogy that started with runs through the original Star Wars in 2019 and its sequel The Empire Strikes Back in 2020. (A performance of The Force Awakens, the first film in the recent sequel trilogy, is already on the books for 2023.) The Return of the Jedi shows will take place Friday, May 13 at 7:00pm; Saturday, May 14 at 7:00pm; and Sunday, May 15 at 2:00pm, and tickets range from $19.50 to $105. Concertgoers will also get the chance to have their photo taken with the Stormtrooper cosplay group The 501st Legion both before the show and during intermission. Tickets are available now at slso.org. | Jason Green