In 2023 the Walt Disney Company will commemorate its milestone centenary, one of its biggest blockbusters, Frozen, will turn 10 and one of cinema’s pioneering blockbusters, the original Star Wars, will be in the midst of celebrating its 45th anniversary year.

Victorians can join the MSO’s celebrations with the screening of Star Wars: A New Hope and Frozen, accompanied live by the MSO performing the award-winning scores.

The anniversary screenings will bring the live music dimension to the iconic films, creating new experiences and memories for lovers of film and music.

Feel the force when the MSO presents Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert. Composer and film buff Nicholas Buc leads the orchestra in this milestone screening of the original classic with John Williams’ Oscar-winning score played live to film.

Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although (spoiler alert!) Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire’s dreaded Death Star.

As winter arrives in Melbourne in June 2023, the MSO, under acclaimed Australian conductor Jessica Gethin, will celebrate 100 years of Disney with a 10th Anniversary screening of the phenomenon Frozen. Audiences will enjoy Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff’s beloved adventure on the big screen, accompanied by the MSO performing the uplifting score including the Academy Award® and Grammy Award® winning hit song, and parental earworm Let It Go.

In Frozen, the fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with the rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert
Date: Saturday 28 January, 1pm & 7.30pm
Venue: The Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval
Film classification: PG

Frozen in Concert
Date: Saturday 17 June, 1pm and 7pm
Venue: The Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Running time: 2 hours, including a 20-minute interval
Film Classification: PG