Friday, May 6, 2016

Music: Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage 50 Year Celebration Review

Music: Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage 50 Year Celebration Review:

It's hard to imagine that Star Trek is celebrating 50 years! The very first episode aired on September 8, 1966 and since then, the Star Trek franchise has entertained multiple generations, and generated not only spin-off TV shows but major movie releases as well. Die hard fans, who are referred to as Trekkies, and lovers of sci-fi alike, continue to grow and support the iconic movies.

To celebrate these memorable 50 years, CineConcerts came up with a spectacular production blending classical instruments with pop culture for fans to experience the unforgettable soundtrack of Star Trek live. As a lover of great music and sci-fi, I couldn't miss this unique event.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage blew me away. As we were introduced to the stage, beautifully set to resemble the Enterprise's bridge, we knew we were in for a treat. Above the stage, a giant 40 foot wide screen showed film and TV footage in high definition, matching the live orchestra's poignant sounds. Starting with the main title from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the musicians from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, led by the incredible and energetic Nicholas Buc, the guest conductor, transported us to the final frontier. The multi-generational audience delighted in tracks not only from Star Trek original series and motion pictures, but also from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

After close to two and a half hours of epic music, the audience gave a resounding standing ovation to the last stop of the concert's US tour, Houston. Even though the musicians, conductor, staff, and all involved in this massive production were at the last leg of their four month tour performing at  over 75 cities, the vibe and excitement felt as if they were playing for their first audience. Absolutely brilliant. What could I say after having had the privilege of experiencing such an exciting event? I hope the show will live long and prosper for many more to be able to enjoy it as much as I did. It was definitely a voyage worth taking!

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