Review: Symphony’s force awakens with John Williams concert

May 31, 2017 - 1:45pm

The phenomenon that marked the 1977 premiere of the “Star Wars” movie — 40 years ago this week — was that in theater after theater, many viewers lined up again to pay for tickets to see the next showing, over and over.

That probably would not have happened had John Williams’ swashbuckling score for the movie not been so darn exciting. Friday night in San Antonio, four decades later, it was still happening. People still wanted to hear the same music, this time played by the San Antonio Symphony Pops orchestra at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The orchestra devoted the second half of its “The Music of John Williams” program solely to Williams’ “Star Wars” themes. A “Star Wars” suite was followed by the “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” suite from the 1999 movie and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” suite (2015).

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