Philly POPS plays ‘Star Wars’ in outdoor movie night at the Mann Center

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — In a galaxy not too far away, you can hear the soundtrack of the Star Wars movies live in an outdoor cinema experience.

Karen Rogers brings us the details in this week’s 6abc Loves the Arts.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi comes to the big screen at the Mann Center as the full Philly POPS Symphony Orchestra performs the famous score live.

“The orchestra plays perfectly in sync with the actual film itself,” says Catherine Cahill, President and CEO of the Mann Center.

“Everyone knows the iconic main theme of ‘Star Wars,'” says David Charles Abell, music director and principal conductor of the Philly Pops, “For a conductor, there is no better film composer than John Williams.”

The legendary Oscar winner also wrote the music for “ET” and “Jaws”.

Return of the Jedi is the third installment in the original trilogy and the sixth installment in the saga.

The film is projected on three large screens.

“The studios extracted the music. You hear all the speaking, all the sound effects, but the music is live. It really is an amazing achievement,” says Cahill.

You might see Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, or Yoda walking around.

“I expect interesting costumes in the audience, ladies and gentlemen,” says Abell, “Ewoks maybe a C3P0.”

“People get excited when it’s the music that they grew up listening to as young people with their families,” says Cahill.

We want it to feel like you’re part of the epic battle to save the galaxy.

“It’s a picnic night. Parking is free,” says Cahill. “An evening under the stars, it’s really magical.”

Philly POPS: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert takes place on August 11th at the Mann Center.

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TD Pavilion at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19131

Philly POPS: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in concert at the Mann Center on August 11th

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