Cincinnati Pops Orchestra to deliver stellar 'Star Wars' concert experience

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will transport audiences to a galaxy far, far away inside Music Hall this September.

The orchestra, led by conductor John Morris Russell, will perform the complete score of "Star Wars: A New Hope" as the movie plays on an overhead screen during three showings: 7 p.m. Sept. 7-8 and 2 p.m. Sept. 9. 

Tickets for the Cincinnati Pop's performances went on sale May 4 at cincinnatisymphony.org.

The special concert is not part of the Pops' regular subscription season. Tickets start at $25 and there is no limit to the number that can be purchased.

Generations of "Star Wars" fans grew up listening to the Oscar-winning score by composer John Williams. Williams won the Oscar for best original score after the film's theatrical debut in 1977.

The popularity of the epic science fiction movie about good versus evil ignited one of the most successful film franchises in history.

Williams also received Oscar nominations for best original score for "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back," "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and most recently "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

In 2005, the American Film Institute named Williams' "Star Wars: A New Hope" score as the greatest American film score of all time.  

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