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Thinking of taking your 5-year-old to a symphony orchestra? You must be crazy! Or some force has taken over you.

Liesl Bradner:
Dress them up as an ewok or Luke Skywalker and expose them to the virtues of Bach, a live symphony setting and the film scores of Oscar-winning composer John Williams.

Darth Vader costume

"Star Wars in Concert" kicked off its North American tour in Southern California last week to hard-core "Star Wars" fans, families and classical music lovers alike.

Wondering if it's appropriate for young children -- and whether they will sit still? Anthony Daniels (aka the persnickety gold android C3PO) and narrator of the event, thinks so.

"I met some people after the show and one was this 5-year-old boy dressed as Anakin, and I asked him what his favorite part of the show was and he said, 'I liked the music -- I really liked the violin.'

"Plus, there is the exhibit with the props and costumes from the films which is fun for them."

John Williams' wonderful, rolling score of music that evokes classical styles and complements the movies. "I hope that people will take away all sorts of elements of music and maybe they will venture to try Beethoven or Tchaikovsky," Daniels said.

The visual impact of the show is astonishing. Scenes from all six episodes are projected in the background on a three-story high LED with lasers and fanfare. Decide for yourself -- but this could be a great opportunity to introduce little ones to the world of classical music in a fun, carefree setting.

For tour dates and preview of the concert check out

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