Blossom Music Center | Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
From a galaxy far, far away… The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center bring you Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back on Saturday 31st August 2019
Coming to Blossom Music Center from a galaxy far, far away Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back like you’ve never seen it before on the big screen with John Williams’s unforgettable score performed live by the incomparable Cleveland Orchestra!
In a future, not far away, in a venue much much closer, a performance was prepared. Ready to dazzle on a night not to be missed.
In the Blossom Music Center, a performance has been prepared, although the movies have been viewed on the big screen of the cinema, although you might have witnessed the drama of the rebellion, although you might have experienced the saga where Darth Vader has dispatched his probes and the Imperial Starfleet in search of the freedom fighters and Luke Skywalker, although the reviews have been cast, you almost certainly won’t have experienced a night like this before.
For a short time only, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, there comes a performance, to be held in September 2019 , unlike any other. Come along to a viewing of the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, set to the grand score created by John Williams and performed live by the Cleveland Orchestra.
Star Wars is an epic space-opera saga, exploring love, loss, war, freedom, knighthood, chivalry and identity all set in a futuristic galaxy where space provides the backdrop to a story of the Skywalker family.
“This is an orchestra that has the marvelous ability to shift between pathos and clear, structured thought, without exaggerated sound splitting, without theatrics. This is especially true for their conductor — Welser-Möst’s interpretation of Beethoven was exemplary in its clarity while avoiding extremes, even in the tempos.”—Badische Zeitung, August 2016
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back(TM) 1980 (PG for sci-fi action violence )
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Warner/Chappell Music. All rights reserved.
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Return to the magical galaxy of George Lucas in the second Star wars movie. The Rebels Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo(Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) face the mighty Imperial army and it’s AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth. Luke travels to Dagobah in search of the last Jedi Master Yoda, Only with his help can he resist the urge to go over to the dark side while he trains for the inevitable battle with his nemisis Darth Vader. Meanwhile Han, Chewbacca and Leia escape in the Millennium Falcon.
This film is set three years after Star Wars. The Empire is led by the archetypal villian, Darth Vader and the mysterious Emperor. The Imperial Army seeks to destroy the remants of the rebellion, hunting down Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance.
The film is now widely seen as once of the most critically aclaimed and highly regarded films from the Star Wars franchise.
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back scored a 95% fresh on Rotton tomatoes with a critics consensus; Dark, sinister, but ultimately even more involving than A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back defies viewer expectations and takes the series to heightened emotional levels.
“The Empire Strikes Back is the ultimate in fantasies, a visual wonder and a movie that should be recommended highly if only because it makes you feel good.” – Rena Andrews Denver Post
The Cleveland Orchestra founded in 1918, quickly grew from a fine regional organization to being one of the most admired symphony orchestras in the world. The Cleveland Orchestra celebrated their centennial in 2018. It is one of Americas “Big five” orchestras and is acknowledged as one of the worlds very best. The Cleveland Orchestra has long been committed to the pursuit of musical excellence in everything that it does. The 100-plus members of The Cleveland Orchestra performances of standard repertoire and new works are unrivalled at home, in residencies around the globe, on tour across North America and Europe, and through recordings, telecasts, and radio and internet broadcasts.
Information and background about the music are printed in program books distributed free-of-charge at most Cleveland Orchestra concerts. The program notes are usually available on-line ahead of time
The orchestra will be led by Sarah Hicks, conductor
“The Cleveland Orchestra’s visit to the Philharmonie de Paris was unquestionably a can’t-miss musical event. Our expectations were fully met as we found the Austrian conductor’s interpretation of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony convincing, both in substance and in form. The orchestra upheld its reputation for excellence. This was a pertinent and intelligent interpretation, a very committed and convincing performance. Bravo!” – ResMusica (Paris), October 2017
“The balance between action and mysticism in "The Empire Strikes Back" provides fascinating energy. It's as if the kids are given one set of delights, the bravado of battles and elaborate warships zooming through exotic space, and adults are given another, a layered explanation of what it all means in the grand scheme of things. When filmmakers put the visceral and the cerebral elements together, they came up with an extraordinary movie.” – PETER STACK, Chronicle Staff Critic
“"Empire" turns out to be a stunning successor, a tense and pictorially dazzling science-fiction chase melodrama that sustains two hours of elaborate adventure while sneaking up on you emotionally.
A vast, eager moviegoing public and a suspicious press are surly waiting to examine "The Empire Strikes Back," which opens this Wednesday in 70mm and Dolby Stereo at about 125 theaters in the United States and Great Britain, including the K-B Cinema and Springfield Mall in this area.
"Empire" is a thrilling, witty, inventive continuation of "Star Wars" but it also introduces a more serious approach and springs an astonishing plot twist, which promises to keep audiences buzzing and open up the story for deeper dramatic exploitation. Surprises are in store, perhaps unwelcome if you hoped for a strictly ingratiating reprise of the original movie — but potentially electrifying if you care for a new departure.” – Gary Arnold, Washington Post Staff Writer