Heinz Hall

December 17

7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

If you’re counting down the seconds until The Force Awakens premieres this weekend—or you already have tickets for a midnight screening—then you won’t want to miss the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s soaring presentation of The Music of Star Wars: Episodes I-VI.

Guest conductor Daniel Meyer.

Guest conductor Daniel Meyer.

Before you journey to a galaxy far, far away—and 30 years after Return of the Jedi—feel the force through the power of music along with legions of local Star Warians during one other-worldly night at Heinz Hall.

The exhilarating concert will feature the iconic music of Hollywood film composer John Williams, with selections from all six current Star Wars films. The perfect pre-game to the wildly anticipated release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens—which hits theaters December 18th—the musical program will include plenty of fan favorites, such as “The Imperial March,” “Across the Stars,” “The Main Title” and many others.

Courtesy of the PSO

Courtesy of the PSO

For an extra zap of the force, arrive when doors open at 5:30 p.m. to hear Star Wars music performed live by a

14-piece trombone choir led by the PSO’s own Jim Nova, along with plenty of socializing with fellow fans in the Grand Lobby.

At the helm of the Star Wars concert is conductor Daniel Meyer, who is music director of the Asheville Symphony and Erie Philharmonic. A Cleveland native, Meyer studied conducting at Vienna’s Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and has led symphony orchestras around the globe. Acclaimed for his innovative programs, engaging presence and musical virtuosity, Meyer is the recipient of Aspen’s prestigious Conducting Prize, as well as Boston University’s Orchestral Conducting Honors Award.

Start working on those Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa, C-3PO and Chewbacca get-ups now, because the PSO encourages attendees to come in costume.

Grab tickets now, because the concert is likely to sell out.

Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in December feature.