Concert Review: “The Empire Strikes Back”

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Performing John Williams’ composition, the full symphony orchestra revamped the 40-year-old sci-fi classic live in front of its Miami audience. (Photo/Adrienne Arsht Center)

Bringing the story of Star Wars Episode VI to life, an unidentified orchestra performed the John Williams composed soundtrack of “The Empire Strikes Back” at the Adrienne Arsht Center on March 8. While the movie played on an overhead screen, the orchestra performed every sound the movie made, with the exception of speech from the characters. The pieces fit so perfectly with the audio on the screen, making the difference between the live and original audio indistinguishable. 

As a die-hard Star Wars fan and violinist, I thought the show was a dream come true. The orchestra grew more and more dynamic as the show went on, making the movie come to life. For example, when the orchestra reached melodies like the Imperial March, I felt as if I became a part of the Star Wars universe and not a member of the audience. 

Although I enjoyed many parts of the performance, one of my favorite parts was when the movie became tense. The orchestra transformed the cinematic performance, taking me on the same adventures as the characters on the screen. When the movie reached its climax, the music followed, constantly leaving me at the edge of my seat. 

“The Empire Strikes Back” in concert is a definite must-see for Star Wars fans and non Star Wars fans alike. If you want to see an amazing concert performed by extremely talented musicians, then you should definitely check out their next performance at the Knight Concert Hall on June 13.

As a junior at Heritage, Emily is trying to face high school as best as she can. At school, Emily can be found playing violin in the orchestra, attempting to recruit members into Dead Poets Society, and frantically sprinting from the 9000 to get to her class on the other side of campus. Outside of school, Emily enjoys writing poetry, repeatedly watching the same movies, and partially succeeding in her goal of reading five books a week.

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  1. Exceptional review of Star Wars! It inspires me to want to see it again. Keep up the great writing Emily!❤️

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