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Old 07-25-2009, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Star Wars: In Concert

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Star Wars: In Concert us a unique event that combines John Williams' unforgettable music, performed by a live symphony orchestra and chorus, with specially edited footage from all six Star Wars films. Through each musical piece, audience will experience the key themes, characters and story elements of the epic Star Wars saga from a new perspective. Taking a remarkable excursion into the heart of a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: In Concert

Holy shit, this is pretty cool. So far there are listed tour dates in Anaheim, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Jose, Seattly, Portland, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. Tickets will go on sale 8/1-2.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You'd have to be a huge nerd to go to this.

Any word on it coming to Canada? Say, Toronto?
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You'd have to be a huge nerd to go to this.
I don't think so... I constantly heard advertisements for the 'Video Games Live!' Symposium that was to be touring the Chicago, D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia areas.

Ah, that was quick. See here: Video Games Live! Concert at Wolf Trap this Friday, July 10th


Not to trying reveal my colors, but when a friend offered me their album that was a live recording of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra's entire concert devoted to the Super Smash Bros. BGM, I gladly accepted it, and it has a high play value within my daily ipod shuffles.

I'd be interested for tour dates on this "Sounds of Star Wars Symposium" as well. It was tailor-made for this venue.
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I saw this a couple months back. It was quite rad!

You get to experience the movies all over again from a new perspective, C-3PO narrates it, the music rocks, and all kinds of people dress up.

It was a way good time.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i'd be down for that............looks kinda cool
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:24 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Didn't Onodrim sing in one of these concerts recently? I thought I read something about that.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Didn't Onodrim sing in one of these concerts recently? I thought I read something about that.
I did! It was a fabulous experience. I'm pretty sure the current tour will be over by Christmas and I believe it's already out of the states. However, having been "on the inside" I can tell you that they're gonna do the tour again in a year or so, and definitely hit all the big cities again, and maybe some different smaller ones.

If it does come back around, I *highly* recommend seeing it. The level of production that went into the show is unbelievable. The way it works is that the orchestra, the top-notch London Philharmonic, plays a piece exactly as you hear it on the soundtrack with video clips playing on the massive screen behind them. They weren't scene for scene, more just thematic snippits. For example, during Duel of the Fates, one of the songs I sang, there were clips of not only the Darth Maul fight, but other notable lightsaber duels and gun fights. However, it's all planned very specifically so that beats in the music line up with lightsaber hits, or other similar things, on the screen, and also various laser effects throughout the theater. In order to make this work, everything is timed out with a computer, so the conductor not only has his physical music score in front of him, he has an entire computer display that gives him the tempo (speed of the music) and shows him what's on screen at the time. I wouldn't want to have to juggle all that, quite an impressive job! Also, each musical segment is introduced by Anthony Daniels (C3PO) who did a phenomenal job, talk about charisma and charm. Anyway, the point is it's quite a show and certain to entertain.

Finally, having been backstage with the orchestra and Anthony Daniels (and even George Lucas who came to our show! I'm told it's the only one he came to other than the premiere, apparently he has a girlfriend in Chicago), and the production crew, I can tell you that everyone involved in this was incredibly friendly and excited to be a part of it. It was such a cool experience to not only work with such amazingly talented people, but also share in our mutual geekiness and love of Star Wars.

Oh, and if it does come back, everyone should come to see it in Chicago with my choir. Since the choir is only used in two songs, instead of traveling with a choir, they hire a choir in each city for the concert. In talking with the orchestra, we discovered that often the choirs are really terrible. Sometimes they're so bad that they cut the choirs mics off, or in really bad cases, dismiss the choir altogether and use a backing track they have if needed. However, the orchestra said we were wonderful and in the top three choirs they've worked with, woot! I might just be famous yet!

Here are two videos of my choir singing in Chicago. The sound and quality isn't great on either, and they're cut off early, but it gives you an idea at least. The second video doesn't have sound till :30 seconds in, let it load.



There are other videos on youtube of various performances, check 'em out!

(Oh, and if you're in Chicago and want to see my choir do something else, hang out with SecretMethod70 and amonkie on Sunday December 20th, and see Handel's Messiah, ticket info on apollochorus.org Okay, done plugging )
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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However, having been "on the inside" I can tell you that they're gonna do the tour again in a year or so, and definitely hit all the big cities again, and maybe some different smaller ones.


Seriously, you just made my day. It was in Cincinnati this past weekend, and I wasn't able to go. I will DEFINITELY see it next year
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I don't think so... I constantly heard advertisements for the 'Video Games Live!' Symposium that was to be touring the Chicago, D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia areas.
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I know what you mean! I've been to Video Games live and it's fantastic!!
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I had a 2-hour conversation last night with a guy who went to see Star Wars in Concert. He couldn't stop talking about it - and I had fun listening to his ramble.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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nice ono.........good for you..........i could totally see myself checking this out if it came my way.
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