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Star Wars: A New Hope, Film Live With Orchestra


ROCHESTER, NY – Thursday, May 4 at 10 a.m., your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) opens ticket sales to the general public for Star Wars: A New Hope, Film Live With Orchestra. This Special Concert takes place Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. at Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre (885 E. Main St.). Tickets start at $34 and will be available by phone at (585) 222-5000 or online at

“So far, tickets for Star Wars have only been available to RPO subscribers,” says RPO VP of Marketing & Communications Herb Griffith. “But there’s such huge anticipation for this concert that we decided to open sales to the public earlier than the rest of the Centennial season, which will go on sale August 7th.”

As for the “May the Fourth” sales date?

“We just couldn’t resist,” Griffith admits. “It allows the RPO to have a little fun, with a nod to Star Wars fans.”

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope is the first of the series’ films to be released in 1977, titled simply Star Wars at the time. (The film would ultimately serve as the fourth of nine “Skywalker Saga” chapters.) Set a “long time ago” in a fictional universe where the galaxy is ruled by the tyrannical Galactic Empire, the story focuses on a group of freedom fighters known as the Rebel Alliance, whose aim it is to destroy the Empire’s newest weapon, the Death Star. A young Luke Skywalker (MarkHamill) becomes caught up in the conflict while learning the ways of a metaphysical force known as “the Force” from Jedi Master Obi-WanKenobi (Alec Guinness).  The cast also includes Harrison Ford (HanSolo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), James Earl Jones (Darth Vader), Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenneth Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca).

While the complete film plays in HD on a giant screen above the orchestra onstage, the RPO will perform legendary composer John Williams’ Academy Award-winning musical score live. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected it as the greatest American film score of all time, and the soundtrack was preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Eastman School of Music’s Director of the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media, Mark Watters, will conduct the concert. The six-time Emmy Award-winner – who also heads Eastman’s Contemporary Media and Film Scoring graduate program – has conducted three tours of Star Wars in Concert, including with the Tokyo Philharmonic.

The Star Wars:  Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music. STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM

The RPO thanks Season Sponsor M&T Bank, Pops Series Sponsors Canandaigua National Bank & Wegmans, and Special Series Sponsor Pittsford Federal Credit Union. RPO performances are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. The RPO is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABOUT THE RPO: The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has been committed to enriching and inspiring our community through the art of music since its origins in 1922. The RPO presents approximately 150 concerts and broadcasts a year, serving up to 170,000 people through ticketed events, education and community engagement activities, and concerts in schools and community centers throughout the region. Andreas Delfs was named music director in 2020 following notable RPO music directors Erich Leinsdorf, David Zinman, Mark Elder and Conductor Laureate Christopher Seaman. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, now in his 29th season, has earned a national reputation for excellence in pops programming during his tenure with the RPO. The RPO reaches more than 15,000 youth through its specific education programs.

ABOUT DISNEY CONCERTS: 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 Caribbeanseries (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.