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The San Francisco Symphony provides live accompaniment to “The Little Mermaid” in Davies Hall at 7:30 p.m. July 6-7 and 2 p.m. July 8. (Courtesy San Francisco Symphony)

It might even be better than Sensurround: The original “Star Wars” trilogy is coming Davies Symphony Hall, boasting the talent of the San Francisco Symphony.

It’s been a long-awaited event for many; tickets went on sale in December for the performances, in which the orchestra plays John Williams’ familiar scores as the blockbuster movies are projected onto a screen above the Davies Symphony Hall stage.

Here’s the schedule: Sarah Hicks conducts “A New Hope” on July 18–21, Emil de Cou leads “The Empire Strikes Back” on July 26–28 and Jack Everly takes the baton for “Return of the Jedi” from July 29–Aug. 3.

The sci-fi classics are only part of the Summer with the Symphony series of popular and family-friendly fare.

The season begins July 3 with “A Salute to Gershwin” conducted by Edwin Outwater, with pianist Andrew von Oeyen playing “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris” and Broadway’s Capathia Jenkins singing favorites the likes of “Summertime.”

Jenkins and von Oeyen also join the band at its annual Fourth of July concert, with fireworks, at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View in a show co-presented by Live Nation.

The orchestra’s other annual outdoor show is free, at 2 p.m. July 22 in Sigmund Stern Grove at the 81st Stern Grove Festival. The program features conductor Jayce Ogren and pianist Adam Golka performing Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 and other selections to be announced.

Little ones will be on board for the film-concert presentation on July 6–8, when Steven Allen Fox leads the orchestra playing Alan Menken’s Oscar-winning score to “The Little Mermaid” as the cartoon plays on the big screen.

On July 13–14, in “Decadent Romance,” Alexander Prior conducts Russian masterpieces, including Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with soloist William Hagen.

The symphony isn’t playing when it hosts lively guests on July 12: José Hernández leads his Mariachi Sol de México in a concert of music from Mexico and the United States celebrating Mexican heritage.

IF YOU GO
Summer with the Symphony
Presented by San Francisco Symphony
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.
When: July 3 through Aug. 3
Tickets: $15 to $165
Contact: (415) 864-6000, sfsymphony.org

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