Good morning on this flawless fall Friday.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away â well actually, in present-day New York City â a group of musicians brought âStar Warsâ to life.
(We visited the orchestra at Lincoln Center to watch and listen for ourselves.)
Picture a movie theater. But below the big screen, thereâs a sprawling stage almost overflowing with more than 80 instruments.
âThe biggest difference is hearing the brass at full blast, hearing the timpani just booming and really feeling it in your body,â said Pedro Da Silva, 40, an attendee at Wednesdayâs performance who was dressed as a Jedi with a blue lightsaber. âWith a recording, itâs not the same thing.â
Nicolas Metheny, 18, who was cloaked as the character Kylo Ren, added, âTo hear the music actually being played, thatâs just a whole new level of wow.â
David Newman, who is conducting the series at the Philharmonic, described it as a reinterpretation of the film in which musicians become actors in the story.
âThe music plays an almost uniquely large role in the character development and narrative development of âStar Wars,ââ said Mr. Newman, giving examples of the leitmotifs, or short melodies, for Luke Skywalker or Darth Vaderâs imperial fleet….