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The MSO to perform 'Starwars: The Empire Strikes Back' live in concert

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. 

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra continue their ode to the Star Wars saga, performing The Empire Strikes Back live in concert. 

It comes in the wake of sell-out performances of The Force Awakens last December and A New Hope in February. 

The classic '80s film will play above the orchestra on a big screen, with the MSO scoring the entire film in real time. 

The Empire Strikes Back has long been a fan-favourite of the Star Wars universe, and features the introduction of one of the most iconic villain's themes in history with composer John Williams' 'Imperial March'. 

"Williams’ bombastic music for Darth Vader has since come to represent everything evil in the Star Wars universe and, combined with his new love theme for Han and Leia, this score improves on everything that he started in Episode IV," said Conductor Nicholas Buc.

For those who have never seen the film, here's the long and short of it. 

After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire (aka The Bad Guys) has regrouped – with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker and The Rebels (aka The Good Guys). Also, Hans Solo gets frozen into a space plank and Luke finds out who his true father is in what's often considered one of the finest plot twists in contemporary cinema. 

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back goes down at Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on Saturday December 15 and Sunday December 16. Tickets are live now