Watch C-3PO and R2-D2 Perform with the Boston Pops

Happy Star Wars Day!

C3po Rehearsals with John Williams looking on (Alan Altman)

C-3PO rehearsing with John Williams Photo by Alan Altman / Boston Pops

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, C-3PO and R2-D2 once helped the Boston Pops perform the Star Wars theme song.

The fan favorite droids stopped by Symphony Hall on April 29, 1980, to give John Williams a hand in celebrating his debut as the orchestra’s new conductor. Williams, who was taking over for the late Arthur Fielder, earned a ton of buzz leading up to the event because of his involvement as the composer of the sci-fi franchise’s soundtrack.

According to Slate, the concert turned into a huge affair because it was the first time that people would hear the score to Empire Strikes Back, which hit theaters the following month on May 21. The event drew so much interest that it was aired live on PBS and even featured star Mark Hamill in attendance.

The highlight, of course, was actor Anthony Daniels leading the Pops while fully dressed up as C-3PO. A radio controlled R2-D2 also helped out and performed alongside the orchestra using its famous beeps.

Check out a clip of C-3PO and R2-D2 with the Pops in the video below.

Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams is the composer behind the magical soundtracks to the Star Wars films. Here's an archival clip of C-3PO and R2-D2 helping leading the Pops in his honor! #StarWarsDay

Posted by Boston Pops on Friday, December 18, 2015