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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back presented by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

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Experience the mighty Force of the QSO with Star Wars live
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra have gifted Queenslanders with an early Christmas present, presenting their live symphonic experience of the next instalment of Episode V Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre following on from their symphonic presentation of Episode IV Star Wars: A New Hope in July.

Darth Vader confronts Luke Skywalker
Vader confronts Luke Skywalker

First screened 38 years ago, The Empire Strikes Back is still one of the best ever science fiction movies. Despite the later introduction of CGI to film making, the innovative battle scenes using models made from sprayed KFC buckets and circuit board oddments and basic special effects have not dated. Now you have the opportunity to have the full five-star immersive experience with the fabulous Queensland Symphony Orchestra playing the soundtrack live as an accompaniment to the film on the big screen.

Star Wars is synonymous with science fiction movies and the soundtrack by John Williams elevated the Star Wars series from a cheesy low budget movie, to one of the best sci-fi movies of the 20th century. Williams was originally asked to compose the soundtrack by George Lucas after being recommended by Steven Spielberg for his famous score for Jaws. He composed a bold and brassy soundtrack with echoes of Holst's Planets Suite and the use of distinctive leitmotifs, inspired by the film King's Row (1942) which was scored by Erich Wolfgang Kornhold. Yet, forty years on Darth Vader's eponymous Imperial March still strikes terror into all who hear it. Williams won a BAFTA for Best Movie Soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back and an Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, following on from the massive musical success of Star Wars, which was listed as the number one best film score by the American Film Institute and won an Academy Award® for Best Original Score.

In George Lucas' second film, the fifth episode in the nine-part series, the Empire's grip on the Galaxy tightens, despite the loss of their superweapon, the Death Star. The Imperial forces are determined to strike back and crush the Rebel Alliance, led by the infamous Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) who is a master of the Dark force. He entices Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to join the Dark Side to rule and control the galaxy together, as father and son. Fortunately, Jedi Master Yoda (Frank Oz) teaches the young Skywalker how to control the Force for good, rather than evil, whilst on the swampy planet of Dagobah. With the roguish Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) the rebels supporting him, what could possibly go wrong?
The QSO accompanying Star Wars in July

It is a memorable fully immersive Star Wars experience, with a large screen and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra playing the soundtrack live below the screen to eclipse all previous Star Wars experiences, surpassing the IMAX cinema and is far superior than the most expensive home surround sound system. A live full orchestra just cannot be beaten and it is as if it were John Williams is there in person conducting the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, although Nicholas Buc will be a close second!

The QSO excel in live symphonic concert experiences, having recently performed the soundtrack for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which was sensational.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is truly strong in the Force, presenting the ultimate immersive Star Wars experience. Don't miss the next part of this epic journey Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back presented by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on Saturday 1 December, 2018 with tickets on sale now, be quick!
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Why? The Ultimate Star Wars Immersive Experience
When: 1st December 2pm and 7.30pm
Phone: 07 3833 5044
Where: Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre
Cost: From $59 (D reserve single)-$299 (Premium family ticket)
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