JANUARY 28 2019 Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert Features Iconic Score Performed Live to Film

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert Features Iconic Score Performed Live to Film

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, January 28, 2019 – Fans can experience the scope and grandeur of Star Wars: A New Hope on the big screen when the complete film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ score is performed live to the film by a symphony orchestra featuring members of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas on Saturday, May 25 at Walmart AMP.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the film will start at 8 pm. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Feb. 1 at noon. Ticket prices range from $22 to $75 plus applicable fees and can be purchased by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.amptickets.com. In-person purchases can be made at the Walmart AMP Box Office in Rogers from 10 am until 6 pm on Feb. 1 or at the Walton Arts Center Box Office in Fayetteville from 10 am until 2 pm Monday through Friday, and noon until 4 pm on Saturday.

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie nearly 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams.

Legendary composer John Williams is well known for scoring all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date beginning with Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977, which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score.  His scores for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and most recently Star Wars: The Last Jedi were each nominated for Best Original Score.

In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams' score to Star Wars: A New Hope as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack also was preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry, for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, National Medal of Arts in 2009 and AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).

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The Star Wars:  Film Concert Series is produced under license by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox and Warner/Chappell Music.

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The Walmart AMP (Arkansas Music Pavilion), a Walton Arts Center venue since February 2011, is Arkansas’ premier outdoor concert venue. The Walmart AMP has presented headlining concerts for the past 14 years. In its permanent home in Pinnacle Hills at 5079 W. Northgate Rd., Rogers, Ark., the Walmart AMP has the largest outdoor stage house in Arkansas.

ABOUT DISNEY CONCERTS
Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts’ concert packages include a variety of formats, such as “live to picture” film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir. Current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series (Episodes IV-VII), Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (Episodes I-IV) and Silly Symphonies, which last year collectively accounted for over 400 performances in many of the world’s top concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum and the Hollywood Bowl. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney’s portfolio of studios, including Disney’s feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, are currently in development.