When: Jan. 23-25, 7 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 26, 2 p.m. 2020
The Empire Strikes Back is chronologically the fifth film in the Star Wars saga, the second film released and the best film out of all nine. It has everything: action, romance, intrigue, betrayal, Yoda (original flavor, not that new pretender to the throne) and that fantastic score by John Williams, which crackles with emotion. The St. Louis Symphony presents a series of special performances of that score, during which the film will be projected above the orchestra. The Empire Strikes Back is screened and performed at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (January 23 to 26) at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; www.slso.org). Tickets are $42.50 to $115.50.