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Watch the first ‘Star Wars’ with a live performance of the score by the Boise Phil

The Boise Phil will bring the 1977 classic sci-fi “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” to the Morrison Center this weekend.
The Boise Phil will bring the 1977 classic sci-fi “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” to the Morrison Center this weekend. Boise Phil

Update: You can get $50 tickets today and tomorrow only in a last minute flash sale at BoisePhil.org.

The Boise Phil brings all the light saber-action, romance, comedy and drama of the original 1977 “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” to the screen and stage.

These types of performances are exciting. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the images, but to look down from the screen and see a conductor moving as the movie plays in the background and notice that the quirky sound in the “Cantina Band” song is actually produced by an oboe, violins bows and trumpets just adds to another layer to the experience.

It also is a reminder that classical music is vital and alive today, says Boise Phil Executive Director Hollis Welsh.

“Many children hear it and love it in their favorite movies and games and have no idea that it’s ‘classical music,’ ” she said.

Last season, the orchestra performed another John Williams score, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” with a company called CineConcerts. This time the organization is producing on its own.

Guest pops conductor Ron Spigelman, who has performed a litany of films in concert, will be at the podium.

This performance launches the Phil’s new Pops Series that also includes the Holiday Pops concert in December and “Hollywood Hits” in March.

If you go:

“Star Wars — A New Hope” Live in Concert: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Performances are only at the Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane in Boise. Seating is limited. $45 and $60 tickets are sold out. $70, $80 and $90 are available at boisephil.org or by calling 208-344-7849. Pops series tickets are also available starting at $93.

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