“The Music of Star Wars” Gets Its Star!

Kevin Taft details the Music of Star Wars event that the Pacific Symphony is performing on November 3rd and 4th at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA.

What better way to celebrate George Lucas’ iconic Star Wars franchise than an evening devoted solely to the music from his global phenomenon! That’s what the Pacific Symphony is doing on November 3rd and 4th at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA.

Part of their 2023-2024 Pops season, the special evenings will be filled with not only music from the three trilogies but also the standalone films Solo and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which features a score from prolific film composer Michael Giacchino.

But that’s not all; one of the biggest draws is the Pacific Symphony’s new Principal Pops Conductor, Enrico Lopez-Yañez, who will be conducting. And he’s quite the showman! Videos on YouTube show him conducting the music of Star Wars with a lightsaber and one where he’s dressed as a T-Rex while conducting an orchestral performance for children! What better way to celebrate one of history’s most dazzling cinematic stories with someone as dazzling and energetic as the stories themselves!

Photo Credit: Dokk Savage Photography

Lopez-Yañez is also the Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony and the Principal Conductor of the Dallas Symphony. He has conducted concerts for artists like Nas, Kenny Loggins, The Beach Boys, Leslie Odom Jr., and Itzhak Perlman. He is also a producer, composer, and arranger! Phew!

His energy looks infectious, and he clearly has a love for the Star Wars universe, so it’s a guarantee he will make the night extra special.

And to add to the festive atmosphere of the show, guests of the Pacific Symphony are invited to dress up as their favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away. That means it’s not just a concert; it’s a full-on Star Wars fan fest!

So, grab your lightsabers, put on your Yoda ears, and get ready to take Hyperspace to the most entertaining place in the galaxy! And as always, may the Force be with you.

For tickets, visit Pacific Symphony’s website
or call (714) 755-5799 M-F, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT.

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Kevin is a long-time movie buff with a wide variety of tastes and fixations in the film world. He cried the moment Benji appeared onscreen in “Benji,” and it took him about four times to finally watch “The Exorcist” (at age 24) without passing out. “Star Wars: A New Hope” was the movie that changed everything and when his obsession with films and filmmaking began. A screenwriter himself (one long-ago horror script sale to New Line remains on a shelf), his first film "Two Tickets to Paradise" that he co-wrote premiered in June 2022 on Hallmark. He is currently working on another for the iconic brand.

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