St. Louis Symphony Orchestra travels to a galaxy far, far away with performance of Star Wars: A New Hope in concert

SLSO performs Academy Award-winning score while George Lucas' sci-fi blockbuster plays on Powell Hall's big screen January 24-27, 2019

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(December 18, 2018, St. Louis, MO) – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs one of the most recognizable film scores of all time January 24-27, 2019, when Star Wars: A New Hope plays at Powell Hall. SLSO Resident Conductor Gemma New, who was appointed the principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in October and made her New York City Lincoln Center debut in November, leads the SLSO in four performances of John Williams' iconic score while the original film in the Star Wars saga plays.

In the film, Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy, as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of the Force. Williams' score to Star Wars: A New Hope won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score in 1978. The soundtrack was certified Platinum in the United States and was ranked the best American movie score of all time by the American Film Institute.

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:00pm
Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:00pm
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:00pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Gemma New, conductor

Since 2010, the SLSO has hosted more than 150 Live at Powell Hall concerts: from movies like Singin' in the Rain, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park, to tribute concerts and one-night-only performances with award-winning guests including Nelly, Ben Folds, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Idina Menzel. Upcoming films the SLSO performs live include Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (April 12-14, 2019), and Ghostbusters (May 17-18, 2019).

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About the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Celebrated as one of today's most exciting and enduring orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country, marking its 139th year with the 2018/2019 season. Widely considered one of the world's finest, the SLSO maintains its commitment to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community connections – all in service to its mission of enriching lives through the power of music.

In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, which has been the permanent home of the SLSO for 50 years, the orchestra is an integral part of the diverse and vibrant St. Louis community, presenting free education programs and performances throughout the region each year. It presents St. Louis Symphony Live at the Pulitzer, a four-program series at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. The SLSO also serves as the resident orchestra for Opera Theatre Saint Louis, with this season marking the 42nd year of their partnership.

The Grammy Award–winning SLSO's impact beyond the St. Louis region is realized through weekly Saturday night concert broadcasts on St. Louis Public Radio, acclaimed recordings, and regular touring activity. A sought-after artistic partner by preeminent musicians and composers from across the globe, as well as by local and national organizations, the SLSO enjoys a long history of robust and enduring artistic collaborations that have developed and deepened over the years.

Today, the SLSO builds on the institution's current momentum on all fronts, including artistic, financial, audience growth, and community impact, and looks toward the future with Stéphane Denève. Denève, who has been a frequent guest conductor with the orchestra since 2003, begins his tenure as Music Director with the 19/20 season, following this season as Music Director Designate. For more information, visit

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