Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert to Feature Iconic Score Performed Live to Film

Concert Features Composer John Williams’ Complete Score from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Performed Live to Picture by the Utah Symphony.

Conducted by Conner Gray Covington, September 9 and 10, 2021 at Abravanel Hall.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 26, 2021) – The Utah Symphony performs Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” In Concert featuring screenings of the complete film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film. The concert will be led by acclaimed conductor Conner Gray Covington.

Since the release of the first “Star Wars” movie over 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.

Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved film in a live symphonic concert experience, when “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” is performed by the Utah Symphony on September 9 and 10, 2021 at Abravanel Hall.

Legendary composer Williams is well known for scoring all nine of the “Star Wars” saga films to date, beginning with 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” for 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,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” were each nominated for Best Original Score. Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and 25 Grammy Awards. With 52 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’ score to 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to “A New Hope” 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, the National Medal of Arts in 2009, and the 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).


Tickets, priced from $30 through $95, are on sale now and can be purchased through the USUO mobile app, online at utahsymphony.org, by calling USUO Patron Services at 801-533-NOTE (6683) or through all ArtTix outlets. This is a Signature concert with no discounts.