Was when Darth Vader stepped on stage to conduct the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Imperial March – with a lightsabre.
The reason for this sight was that the Tampere Philharmonics had a concert with the theme “Space Adventure 2008″. They played themes from classic scifi movies and space themed classical music.
I have to admit that Darth Vader on stage was one thing I’d never thought I’d witness in my life. Even though considering the size of the fanbase seeing the orchestra playing the theme from Star Trek: The Next Generation with the conductor dressed in a starfleet uniform might have been even more impropable.
I have to admit I loved every second of the concert, with these kind of performances being rather rare here in Finland. One might complain a bit about it being aimed at the whole family with some, um, “funny” speeches in between chronicling the voyages of the Galaxy class starship Tampere Philharmonic. But I cant, I’ve seen the frigging Darth Vader conduct an orchestra. I’m a happy nerd.