The soundtracks for a dramatic adventure in a galaxy far, far away rest very close to a Carmel music scholar.

Aaron Krerowicz, who regularly refers to the “Star Wars” films as a “space opera,” will highlight the first seven films’ tunes in the free one-hour presentation, “The Music of Star Wars” scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus.

The 32-year-old completed his first such talk with visual and audio clips five years ago in Racine, Wisconsin. With the latest flick “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” released recently to a huge audience, he expects this program to become an even stronger force.

He has done six presentations in Florida alone this month.

“The music (of noted composer John Williams) certainly helps tell the story,” Krerowicz said. “Williams consistently uses themes. Darth Vader has a theme. Princess Leia has a theme. As characters interact on the screen, so too do their themes interact on the soundtrack.

“And that allows the music to have a particular narrative function.”

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.