Via Starwars.com:

STARWARS.COM TALKS TO THE RENOWNED CONDUCTOR ABOUT HOW JOHN WILLIAMS CHANNELS RICHARD WAGNER AND WHY FILM SCORES HAVE BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS.

Music, not unlike the Force itself, has an awe-inspiring quality that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together. When you settle in to watch any of the Star Wars saga films, it’s the score by John Williams that ushers you into the far-off adventures, a resounding and thunderous welcome that’s as unmistakablyStar Wars as gleaming white armor and glowing lightsabers.Beginning tomorrow night, the San Francisco Symphony will perform the epic original Star Wars trilogy in a multi-night series live in concert with guest conductors Sarah Hicks, Emil de Cou, and Jack Everly each taking on one of the films. Recently, StarWars.com caught up with The Empire Strikes Back conductor de Cou, whose career has not only taken him around the country as a conductor — from Carnegie Hall in New York to northern California — and beyond the stars as a musical consultant for NASA, but also on a journey through some of the most iconic cinematic moments of our time. Long before he devoted his life to music and was hired by Mikhail Baryshnikov to be the conductor of the American Ballet Theatre, de Cou was a kid entranced by the silver screen and the legendary orchestral scores that he believes may just be our country’s greatest contribution to modern culture and art.

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