All orchestral concerts could benefit from random bursts of flame during the performance.

A forty-foot tall LCD screen showing movie clips perfectly timed to the music couldn’t hurt either.

These are the lessons I learned at Star Wars in Concert.

Simply put, it was one of the most entertaining things I ever saw: an entirely new way to look at orchestral music. Classical music for the ADD generation – you have to present images with the sounds because our brains can’t conjure the images anymore. I couldn’t honestly tell you if showing battle scenes behind a performance of the 1812 Overture would cheapen or enhance the experiment but I’d sure like to see it tried by a serious orchestra.

On top of boiling jets of fire, smoke, lasers and very-big-teevees; Anthony Daniels came out to narrate the whole thing complete with a very nifty wardrobe malfunction at an appropriate moment.

A triumph. A tour de force. I am damn glad I went.

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