Star Wars: A New Hope




Emil de Cou, conductor
AUG 27 | 8 PM

John Williams

Star Wars: A New Hope

Feature Film with Orchestra

There will be one intermission.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Warner/Chappell Music. All rights reserved.

Star Wars Film Concert Series

Star Wars: A New Hope

Twentieth Century Fox Presents

A Lucasfilm Ltd. production

Mark Hamill
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher
Peter Cushing
and Alec Guinness

Written and Directed by
George Lucas

Produced by
Gary Kurtz

Music by
John Williams

Prints by Deluxe
MPAA PG Rating

Disney Concerts

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack available at


In a career spanning more than five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage, and he remains one of the nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices. He has composed the music and served as music director for more than 100 films, including all nine Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Memoirs of a Geisha, Far and Away, The Accidental Tourist, Home Alone, and The Book Thief.  His 45-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed and successful films, including Schindler’s List, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the Indiana Jones films, Munich, Saving Private Ryan, The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse, Lincoln, The BFG, and The Post. His contributions to television music include scores for more than 200 television films for the groundbreaking, early anthology series Alcoa Theatre, Kraft Television Theatre, Chrysler Theatre and Playhouse 90, as well as themes for NBC Nightly News (“The Mission”), NBC’s Meet the Press, and the PBS arts showcase Great Performances. He also composed themes for the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Summer Olympic Games, as well as the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He has received five Academy Awards and 52 Oscar nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in the history of the Oscars. He has received seven British Academy Awards (BAFTA), 25 Grammys, four Golden Globes, five Emmys, and numerous gold and platinum records. In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the IOC’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement. He received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in December of 2004. In 2009, Mr. Williams was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and he received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. Government. In 2016, he received the 44th Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institutethe first time in their history that this honor was bestowed upon a composer.

In January 1980, Mr. Williams was named the 19th music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding the legendary Arthur Fiedler. He currently holds the title of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor which he assumed following his retirement in December, 1993, after 14 highly successful seasons. He also holds the title of Artist-in-Residence at Tanglewood. Mr. Williams has composed numerous works for the concert stage, among them two symphonies, and concertos commissioned by several of the world’s leading orchestras, including a cello concerto for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a bassoon concerto for the New York Philharmonic, a trumpet concerto for The Cleveland Orchestra, and a horn concerto for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, Mr. Williams composed and arranged “Air and Simple Gifts” especially for the first inaugural ceremony of President Barack Obama, and in September 2009, the Boston Symphony premiered a new concerto for harp and orchestra entitled “On Willows and Birches.”

ABOUT EMIL DE COU, conductor

American conductor Emil de Cou, music director of Pacific Northwest Ballet, made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap in 2000. He was subsequently appointed associate conductor and later NSO at Wolf Trap Festival Conductor, leading national tours and concerts at the United States Capitol. He has regularly performed at the Kennedy Center since his first performance there in 1990 and this season marks his 20th year performing with the NSO at Wolf Trap. His innovative performances have included the first live-orchestra screening of The Wizard of Oz, the first live-tweeted program notes (for Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony), and the real-time podcast of Fantastic Planet. In 2006 he led the Wolf Trap premiere of NASA space images with Holst’s The Planets narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

As musical consultant for NASA, de Cou has led several notable collaborations, including Human Spaceflight: The Kennedy Legacy. Prior to a Wolf Trap performance of 2001: A Space Odyssey to mark the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, de Cou participated in a pre-performance discussion with Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin. For his ongoing work with NASA, de Cou was awarded the agency’s Exceptional Public Achievement Medal.

Born in Los Angeles, de Cou studied with Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California and participated in masterclasses with Leonard Bernstein. He has subsequently appeared with many major American orchestras, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and San Francisco. He was selected by Mikhail Baryshnikov to conduct the American Ballet Theatre orchestra, which he led for eight seasons at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and on international tours. He resides in San Francisco and Seattle with his husband, conductor Leif Bjaland.

Star Wars Film Concert Series Production Credits

President, Disney Music Group
Ken Bunt

SVP/GM, Disney Concerts
Chip McLean

Supervising Technical Director
Alex Levy – Epilogue Media

Film Preparation
Ramiro Belgardt

Business Affairs, Lucasfilm

Rhonda Hjort
Chris Holm

Music Preparation
Mark Graham
Matthew Voogt
Joann Kane Music Service

Disney Music Library
Operations, Disney Concerts
Brannon Fells

Royd Haston

Business Affairs, Disney Concerts
Darryl Franklin
Gina Lorscheider
Phil Woods

Business Affairs, Warner-Chappell
Scott McDowell



Dan and Gayle D’Aniello,
Wolf Trap 2021 Season Underwriters

PNC Credit