Movie lovers, you have not lived until you’ve heard a John Williams score played by Dallas Symphony Orchestra live during a movie screening. Tonight I had the pleasure of attending Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, one of DSO’s Movies in Concert. Tonight also just so happens to be the kickoff of the 2019-2020 season!
“You like me because I’m a scoundrel.” – Han Solo
If you’ve never been to a Movie in Concert at Dallas Symphony Orchestra, you are in for a treat. Last year I saw Jurassic Park (my second favorite movie of all time) and The Little Mermaid, during which I sobbed happy tears. DSO screens classics in their entirety on a large screen in the Meyerson Symphony Center (which turns 30 next month!) while the orchestra scores the movie in real time, the way they should be heard. The lineup is particularly excellent this year: Star Wars V, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Coco.
The Movies in Concerts have such fun lobby photo ops. Jurassic Park had the famous jeep parked out front and a T-Rex for photos and Star Wars has Jedi masters and storm troopers wandering around the lobby. My friend Candy and I had a blast snagging them all for photos!
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
Three themed cocktails were available: a Darth Vader (vodka and coffee liquor with optional cream), a Rebel Alliance (cranberry juice and vodka), and C-3PO (whiskey and ginger ale). I *of course* ordered the Vader and Candy had the C-3P0. Delish!
“I think you just can’t bear to let a gorgeous guy like me out of your sight.” – Han Solo
Candy was basically in tears for most of the first act. The Star Wars franchise is her absolute favorite. We both had goosebumps when the Meyerson resonated with the first few famed notes during the opening crawl. My mother is the biggest Star Wars fanatic and I was raised on the original trilogy. I was reminded of why: the film has such amazing messages for kids. Fingers crossed that DSO includes Episode VI in their next season!
“Never tell me the odds.” – Han Solo
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