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WASO THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK – RIVERSIDE THEATRE

WASO The Empire Strikes Back
WASO The Empire Strikes Back

WEST AUSTRALIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – STAR WARS THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
RIVERSIDE THEATRE
7 SEPTEMBER

I am about to upset a lot of Star Wars fans out there. I have only seen Episode IV: A New Hope. I have attempted The Empire Strikes Back a few times but it was always after a big dinner so I fell asleep from a food coma. I saw that the West Australian Symphony Orchestra were performing alongside the playing of The Empire Strikes Back at Perth Convention Centre this past weekend and thought to myself; what better way to give it another red hot go than this? 

Star Wars has some of the most genius orchestral music of all time. Darth Vader and the Imperial March is the embodiment of evil. No other song would be as perfect as this one – considering Darth Vader is likely the greatest heel of all time. I couldn’t wait to hear it. The man that wrote all of this is composer John Williams. A man with a plain name but the musical imagination of something out of this world. How fitting.

The show began with WASOs conductor Benjamin Northey addressing the crowd, and he was very funny, even having a conducting baton that turned the colour red like a lightsaber. Awesome. The show kicked with WASO playing the 20th Century Fox theme as it appeared on screen and i popped for it big time, laughing my butt off already. As they cranked into the Star Wars theme over the rolling text I have no idea why – but the triumph and beauty of that song got to me. My lip quivered and i got all teary eyed and I’m not even emotionally invested in Star Wars at this point! It just made me feel something and it was more confirmation to me that music is beautiful and it elicits so many different emotions from me at times when I’m not expecting it.

It must be so hard to do what they do. A score of a whole film, a long film at that. I was really impressed with the performance. It was the absolute best way I could have imagined watching the film for the first time! Many times throughout the film the Imperial March was played and nobody got sick of hearing it. It’s just such a great song. 

I haven’t really got much else to say other than I just loved this performance and had such a great time. I really do implore to anybody out there to keep an eye on what WASO are up to in the coming months, I’ve seen them in concert a few times now and I am never disappointed, it’s always an absolute treat. There’s something about orchestral music that is so wonderful, it makes me feel good about life. Who wouldn’t want more of those kinds of feelings? 

Thank you to WASO for a tremendous afternoon!

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