Second show added: ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ In Concert with RI Philharmonic Orchestra to Feature Iconic Score Performed Live to Film, March 9

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 Experience Composer John Williams’ Complete Score
for A New Hope (1977) Performed Live to Film by

RI Philharmonic Orchestra at PPAC, March 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Conducted by Lucas Richman

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra presents Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert featuring a screening of the complete 1977 film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film. The film in concert will be conducted by acclaimed conductor Lucas Richman.

The newly added show is at 2 p.m. on Saturday (March 9) and is in addition to the previously announced 8 p.m. showing. Both shows are at the Providence Performing Arts Center.


Tickets for Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert are on sale  now via PPACRI.ORG, (401)421-ARTS (2787), or at the Providence Performing Arts Center Box Office at 220 Weybosset Street, Providence.


Since the release of the first Star Wars movie over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by John Williams. Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved film in a live symphonic concert event.

Legendary composer Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date, beginning with 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope for which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. His scores for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and most recently Star Wars: The Last Jedi were each nominated for Best Original Score.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and 23 Grammy Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’ score to 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to A New Hope also was preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry, for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office.


Grammy award-winning conductor Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. In 2010, John Williams invited him to lead the three-month national summer tour of Star Wars in Concert. He has appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras including New York, Los Angeles, Oslo and Zagreb philharmonics, Boston Pops, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Baltimore and Indianapolis symphonies, Canada’s National Arts Centre, Toronto, Iceland, Zhejiang symphony orchestras, Russian National Orchestra, SWR Radio Orchestra of Kaiserslautern and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. Guest conducting highlights for the 2018-19 season include programs with the Orlando Philharmonic and the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem.

The Star Wars: Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music.

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Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts’ concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir. Current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series (Episodes IV-VII), Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (Episodes I-IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year collectively accounted for over 400 performances in many of the world’s top concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum and the Hollywood Bowl. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney’s portfolio of studios, including Disney’s feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, are currently in development.