Despite the ceaseless hubbub over Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a copious level of marketing continues to be in effect for the much-maligned Star Wars prequel series. Despite a mass panning of George Lucas's pet trilogy, the luscious scores that adorned the films (composed by the incomparable John Williams) are still in high demand. Fans of the music can now buy the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and pre-order the Star Wars: Attack of the Clones OST on the timeless medium: vinyl. While Disney has recently released the complete set, the label I AM SHARK has announced that their offer will mark the first time the films are available on limited edition vinyl.
The music of 'Star Wars' is as iconic as the movies themselves. Well, maybe not “Jedi Rocks” from the 1997 re-released version of 'Return of the Jedi,' but the Classic John Williams stuff. The good folks at Carnegie Hall seem to agree. The New York Pops will be honoring the famed conductor/composer in an all new concert, The Music of John Williams: From Spielberg to Star Wars. Under the direction of conductor Steven Reineke, the NY Pops will be performing some of Williams classic’s from 'Jurassic Park,' 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' and everything 'Star Wars' from 'A New Hope' to 'Force Awakens.'
Chris Malcolm, the actor who starred in the original UK production of 'The Rocky Horror Show,' passed away on February 15 after a struggle with cancer. Malcolm was 67 years old. In addition to originating the role of Brad Majors, Malcolm was also known for his roles in 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' and 'The Labyrinth.'
Adam Driver has been all over the place promoting the next addition to the "Star Wars" franchise. If you've seen any of his appearances, he mentions his time as a marine and how theater helped him assimilate civilian life. His is now promoting his next venture: Arts in the Armed Forces.
Vladimir Putin may not be regarded for his musical prowess as much as his politics, but he is trying. A video of Putin playing the "Imperial March" from 'Star Wars' on piano, with a little help, has surfaced on YouTube and, naturally, has gone viral.
A young musician will premiere with the Columbus Symphony as he has with several other large orchestras across the nation. Charlie Kirby, a 10-year-old on the rise to fame, will conduct his favorite piece from John Williams "The Imperial March."
Apparently the force is with Chicago, which recently won out as the new site for George Lucas' museum of art and Star Wars memorabilia. The museum, which is changing its name to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, made the announcement on Tuesday.
More and more U.S. orchestras are playing famous movie scores while the movie is shown above. But is this a positive or negative development in symphonic music?