Friday, July 23, 2010

Concert Review: Star Wars’ Musical Journey Invades Mohegan Sun

Even thought the Star Wars films may be over, George Lucas’ latest adventure finally made its way back to Connecticut after a performance last year. The music from one of the largest movie franchises in history came to life Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Star Wars: In Concert was definitely a sight to behold.

Before the music began, there was museum of Star Wars paraphernalia to view. Costumes, blasters and drawings flooded the halls of the arena and parents and kids couldn’t get enough of it. Cameras were flashed away as Darth Vader, Boba Fett and even Stormtroopers roamed the arena. It almost made you feel like a kid again with smiles on the faces of the young and the young at heart.

The musical portion of the evening was broken into two segments. The first set mainly dealt with the newer trilogy, Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III. The second set revolved around the more well-known and well-loved original trilogy, Star Wars Episodes IV, V, and VI. The music performed live, by the newly dubbed Star Wars Symphony Orchestra, created an atmosphere that surrounded a central theme or character. Musical subjects ranged from the Pod Race to the beloved Millenium Falcon. The theme for Anakin Skywalker was a simple, gentle piece similar to his early childhood while Dark Vader’s theme was dark and eerie. Images from all six Star Wars movies were projected on a screen that stood 3-stories tall and as wide as the concert stage.

The narrator of the evening was Anthony Daniels who performed as C3PO in all six Star Wars movies. His slight British accent was enough to keep even the youngest of fans attentive. The “love” theme between Anakin and Padme was soothing and relaxing, but it was the images and quotes of Luke Skywalker and Yoda that received the biggest applause. And what Star Wars musical evening would be complete without the music from the Cantina at Mos Eisley Spaceport which had kids and some adults dancing in their seats.

After the destruction of the Death Star on the screen and lasers shooting through the arena, conductor Lucas Richmond and Anthony Daniels bowed to a stand ovation. The two were enticed to perform one last song. As the audience took their seats once more, the orchestra performed “Darth Vader’s March.” With only one minor distraction due to the fireworks outside, the evening was another legendary event in the history of the Star Wars franchise.

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