ARC Orchestra to hold Star Wars Day concert


Orchestra Director Steven Thompson conducts the American River College Orchestra. The ARC Orchestra will hold a Star Wars themed concert on May 4. (File Photo)

Hannah Darden

The American River College Orchestra will be performing iconic themes from the “Star Wars” movies along with a classical concerto at their May 4 Star Wars Day concert.

The concert, titled “Romance and Magic: Tchaikovsky and Star Wars,” will feature Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and John Williams’ “Star Wars Suite.”

The concert will be held Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the American River College Theatre.

The “Star Wars Suite” blends together scores from the movie series, including “Main Theme/Overture,” “The Imperial March” and more.

“It is so great that we can play such a fun piece with our school orchestra on May the 4th, and it also goes so well with the beautiful Tchaikovsky we will be playing,” said ARC Orchestra violin player Miriana Stef.

Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto will feature soloist Allan Knight.

“There are a number of musicians who have stand out parts in the upcoming concert, but only Allan Knight has a solo,” said Kate Wells, publicity director for the orchestra.

Stef said she is honored to play with Knight and is looking forward to the performance.

“The soloist of the Tchaikovsky piano concerto is amazing, so it’s an honor that we get to play with such talented and hard working people,” said Stef. “I’m feeling good about it, I know we worked hard this semester.”

According to Wells, there will be a surprise during the show that promises to be a “bit of fun” for Star Wars fans.

The orchestra’s Facebook page has posted multiple teasers of the event, including a photo of an orchestra musician in a “Star Wars” t-shirt and a link to a Youtube video featuring the Golden Gate Knights, “A Bay Area based charity group of those who come together to hone their saber skills and perform at charitable events.”

Tickets are available online at and will be available at the theater box office the night of the show.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for general admission.