Star Wars in Concert at Xcel, 7/11/10
Photo by Steve Cohen
Star Wars In Concert opened the way most symphony concerts start; the orchestra members wandered on stage at their leisure, tuning their instruments and rosining their bows as the audience filed into the Xcel. Most of the attendees were parents and their respective 6- to 8-year-olds, bedecked in Star Wars t-shirts. Vendors were selling small, glowing green light sabers, which were displayed by their purchasers in the only appropriate fashion: by whirling them at a dangerous pace above one's head, threatening to whack all neighboring audience members in the noggin. By the time the lights went down, there was a veritable verdant field of the things scattered across the arena.
Photos by Steve Cohen
After an intermission, the show kicked off the laser-driven portion of its visual feast, with a plethora of green lasers scattered around the arena going wild, supposedly in time to the music. Unfortunately, the orchestra and its director had a lot of difficulty keeping beat with the visual display, and many of the high points fell flat because the music lagged behind the flashing lasers. Moreover, the light show seemed a bit of a non-sequitur, as our attention was already focused on the movie scenes on the main screen; flooding the Xcel with dancing green served to distract from both the film and the music.
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