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Tuesday March 21, 2023

Minnesota Orchestra Announces the Seventh Installment of Star Wars Film Concert Series with "The Force Awakens"

Audiences will experience the next chapter of the Star Wars saga with the Orchestra performing John Williams’ entire score live to picture

From April 21 to 23, the Minnesota Orchestra will conclude the 2022-23 season’s popular U.S. Bank Movies & Music series with the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens in concert. Led by Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, the Orchestra will perform John Williams’ original score while the film plays in high definition on a screen above the stage.

The Force Awakens concerts will be performed at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. Limited ticket quantities remain for all concerts, with prices ranging from $49 to $109. Concert run-times are two-and-a-half hours, including a 20-minute intermission.

Released in 2015, The Force Awakens—which launched a new era in the Star Wars saga—was nominated for five Academy Awards® and received numerous other accolades. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film is set 30 years since the destruction of the second Death Star, as the sinister First Order, commanded by the mysterious Snoke (Andy Serkis) and apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), rise from the ashes of the Empire. The Resistance, led by General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), attempts to thwart the First Order’s threat, but they’re desperate for help. Rey (Daisy Ridley), a desert scavenger, and Finn (John Boyega), an ex-stormtrooper, find themselves joining forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) in a desperate mission to return a BB-unit droid with a map to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) back to the Resistance.

The score was composed by five-time Academy Award® winner John Williams, who has written the scores for all nine films in the Star Wars saga. Adding to the film series’ iconic tapestry of sound, Williams introduced several new themes in The Force Awakens, including “Rey’s Theme.” For his work, Williams earned a nomination for an Academy Award® for Best Original Score.


About Sarah Hicks

Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. Her notable projects have included co-creating the Inside the Classics series and Sam & Sarah series with Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, and leading original productions with collaborators such as PaviElle French, Kevin Kling, Peter Rothstein, Robert Elhai and The Moving Company. She has been an artistic leader in concerts featuring artists from Minnesota’s popular music scene—including shows with The New Standards, multiple sold-out performances with singer-rapper-writer Dessa and a live-in-concert recording with her on Doomtree Records, and collaborations with Cloud Cult. Later this season she leads the Orchestra’s Symphony Ball performance and conducts programs featuring Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and Dessa. She also continues her role as an on-camera host and writer of the Emmy Award-winning broadcast and livestream series This Is Minnesota Orchestra.

A specialist in film music and the film in concert genre, Hicks premiered Pixar in Concert and Disney and Pixar’s Coco in Concert; her live concert recording of A Celebration of the Music from Coco at the Hollywood Bowl can be seen on Disney+ and her work on The Little Mermaid Live! was broadcast on ABC. With the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, she recorded film music for an album titled The Morricone Duel, which has been broadcast around the world and has garnered over 150 million views on YouTube. She has earned national and international acclaim as a guest conductor both in the U.S. and abroad, leading such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, RTÉ (Dublin) Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic and Malaysian Philharmonic, among many others. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.

U.S. Bank Movies & Music


with the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, April 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Saturday, April 22, 2023, 7:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Sunday, April 23, 2023, 2:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall


Minnesota Orchestra

Sarah Hicks, conductor


[Please note: This film is rated PG-13. Parents strongly cautioned as some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.]

Tickets: $49 to $109


Tickets and subscription packages can be purchased now at minnesotaorchestra.org or by calling 612-371-5656. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Details around COVID safety protocols can be found at minnesotaorchestra.org/safety

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.


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