Trade the Force for a Musical Tribute: Star Trek Lands at the Long Center

With all of the Star Wars craze hitting the country, it may be time to take a break from the force (just a short one!) and have a nice breath of fresh Trek. With that, we gladly present Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage, an immersive evening filled with your favorite songs (accompanied by a live symphony orchestra), memorable movie and TV moments broadcast on an HD, 40-foot-wide screen, and the best Trekkie experience you could ask for.

Read about the magic that is Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage in a recent review that calls it the “musical tribute that exceeds expectations.”

Can the multimedia extravaganza “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage,” featuring a live symphony orchestra performing while video clips are projected on a huge screen, be the final frontier in the concert hall experience? Judging from audience reaction to Friday evening’s performance of this 50th anniversary tribute to the “Star Trek” franchise, it just very well might be.

With the opening bars of Jerry Goldsmith’s ebullient, award-winning score from the 1979 film “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” it immediately became clear that this was a first-rate orchestra. The sound was perfectly synchronized to the crystal-clear images projected overhead — in fact, so good was the performance that one soon took the orchestra for granted as the video sequences, complete with their own soundtracks, progressed.

Music and scenes from the original TV series, which aired 1966 through 1968, were seamlessly melded with clips from the subsequent “Star Trek: The Next Generation” series and the dozen “Star Trek” movies. The concert progressed not chronologically but thematically, using a montage format drawing on themes such as exploration, alien life forms, utopias, and the starship Enterprise in all its incarnations. It was a surprisingly emotional journey, with the audience — a handful or so dressed in Star Trek garb — cheering Scotty’s just-in-the-nick-of-time transporter repair or heartily booing the evil tyrant Kahn.

Clips from the original series, all digitally restored, were, at least to me, the most fun. The 1967 second-season episode “Amok Time,” featuring Gerald Fried’s famous fight scene music during the sequence when Leonard Nimoy as Spock is fighting William Schatner as Kirk to the death, was a real hoot. There was plenty for “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fans, including many sequences involving Brent Spiner as the android Data, probably one of the most complex characters ever written for television, and of course that heartthrob Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

The concert also featured more recent scores by such composers as Jay Chattaway and David Bell (“The Next Generation,” “Deep Space Nine,” “Voyager,” and “Enterprise”); Dennis McCarthy (“Star Trek Generations”); and Leonard Rosenman (“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”).

The standing ovation the two-hour program received was rightly earned.

Read the full review here.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage lands at the Long Center March 26. Tickets (that are going fast!) can be purchased here.

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