Legendary conductor John Williams stunned the live audience by gracing the exhibit halls at the Star Wars Celebration. He took the stage with a full orchestra to conduct the new theme he wrote for Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). We have a fan-shot video from BlackFilmandTV, capturing the fantastic performance and palpable excitement from the crowd.
This reaction is expected and understandable, as Williams rarely composes for television, explicitly making an exception for Obi-Wan Kenobi. I was surprised to see Williams at Star Wars Celebrations as he has a paced schedule.
He’s composing the scores for both Steven Spielberg‘s The Fabermans and Indiana Jones 5. Between these projects, Williams, who turned 90 this year, is also still conducting live at specific venues such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
This performance is the first time the musical signature has been heard live or otherwise, as the music previously heard in the trailer for the Obi-Wan Kenobi series was “Duel of the Fates,” which was also written by John Williams.
Though Natalie Holt is responsible for writing most of the music viewers will hear in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Williams returned to write the theme for Obi-Wan. Previously, Obi-Wan was the only legacy character that Williams hadn’t written a theme for because the character died early on in Star Wars: A New Hope. Williams insisted on rectifying this, and the results are epic.
The new Obi-Wan Kenobi series will follow the Jedi Master as he contends with the consequences of his most significant defeat — the downfall and corruption of his one-time friend and apprentice, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), who turned to the dark side to become Darth Vader.
The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney Plus on Friday, May 27, with subsequent episodes premiering on Wednesdays.