The weirdest thing today…

November 7th, 2008 by Jarmo Puskala

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.

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3 Responses to “The weirdest thing today…”

  1. Spindizzy says:

    Please tell me SOMEONE got at least a photograph of this! Video would be even better!

  2. Olli says:

    Similar movie music events should be more common…

    Here in Oulu they did similar event, not as spectacular, but the music was good. Only downside was that it was only one concert and sold out in few hours.

    I might even have traveled to Tampere for this event if I had known…

    We want more! :D

  3. This one was more or less sold out as well. And they didn’t allow any kinds of recordings or photographs, so no hard evidence to offer.