May The 4th Be With You

. April 23, 2019.
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Toledo Symphony Orchestra plays along with Star Wars film at Huntington Center

In recent years May 4th has become a holiday for Star Wars fans as the phrase “May the 4th be with you” is used to justify all sort of intergalactic fun. Star Wars-related events in Toledo include watching the first film (Star Wars: A New Hope) joined by the orchestra, Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert will be performed by the Toledo Symphony on May 4th at The Huntington Center. Every piece of music will be played as it was originally recorded back in the 70s by the brilliant John Williams, adding a layer of artistry to the soundtrack.

Felicia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony explains that this is not the first time the Symphony has matched their work with films. In the past, Nightmare before Christmas, West Side Story, and Singing In The Rain have been performed during film screenings. “It’s important for the orchestra to be precise with their timing,” Kanney explained, “to follow the movie. That’s why having a great conductor is key to the performance.”

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Conducting the stars

Steven Jarvi will conduct the orchestra for the event. Since recently moving from St. Louis (where he had been resident conductor since 2013) to Ann Arbor, Jarvi jumped at the opportunity to conduct for this event. “Working with the film like this is a childhood dream come true,” Jarvi explained. “There’s a scene where Luke and Leia swing across a chasm, and the Jedi theme plays over the sounds of blasters.”

Jarvi also anticipates the audience’s excitement “when the credit scroll pops up at the beginning. It’s a very iconic opening.”
The evening begins with a Star Wars Costume Contest at 7:15pm. Please register in advance, and dress as your favorite Star Wars character for a chance to win a prize from local businesses (JC’s Comics, Seann’s Anime and Comics, Monarch Comics, FireNation Glass, JupMode, and Brew Coffee Bar). In addition, Encore Books, NeverMore Used Books, and Seann’s Anime and Comic will set up booths with Star Wars merchandise and books before the performance.

For more ways to celebrate Star Wars Day, consider these specials:

  • Carlos’ Poco Loco offers customers $5 per table with a ticket to the TSO performance.
  • Dragon’s Roost Gaming Café will offer half-off on all Star Wars themed drinks.
  • Manos will offer 10 percent off your meal if you bring in your ticket to the TSO performance.
  • The Attic will offer Jackie-O’s Brewery’s Java the Stout and a Star Wars margarita.
  • Fifth Street Pub in Sylvania will host Star Wars trivia and a costume contest on May 8th.

Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert | $37+.
8pm | Saturday, May 4 | Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson St.
Tickets available through the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at 419-246-8000 or toledosymphony.com