Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Star Trek; a Voyage of Music, Nostalgia

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Star Trek; a Voyage of Music, Nostalgia

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Byline: Dan Scanlan

Capt. James T. Kirk returns to the big screen Saturday night in Jacksonville.

But this time, iconic Star Trek catchphrases like actor William Shatner's "Khaaan" yell and Leonard "Spock" Nimoy's "Live long and prosper" will be accompanied by a live symphony orchestra during a multimedia concert celebrating the TV and film franchise's music and 50th anniversary.

Called "Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage," it warps into the Times-Union Center's Moran Theatre on Saturday as part of a 100-city tour that had its world premiere Nov. 1 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, then kicked off its stateside run on Sunday in West Palm Beach. It presents five decades of "Star Trek" music live as scenes from its five television series and 12 films, including the two reboots by director J.J. Abrams, play on a 40-foot screen. As perhaps the most iconic of the original (1966-69) "Star Trek" series' cast, Shatner is helping promote it, even though he won't be in attendance.

"It is a phenomenon. We are celebrating the 50th anniversary, and nobody else can make that claim," Shatner said. "We have a live concert tour, which will sharpen your ears as you see the scenes being spoken and hear the music live. The audience will understand how incredibly important music is to the spoken word. ... It is a concert that has absolutely never been done before. The 50th anniversary - it is an event and if you don't see it you will miss out in a showbiz event that will only happen once."

Music has been a big part of the more than 700 "Star Trek" TV episodes and the dozen films. La-La Land Records released a 15-CD compilation in 2012 called "Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection," with music composed by Alexander Courage, George Durning and others. Composer Jerry Goldsmith wrote Emmy and Oscar award-winning scores for five "Star Trek" movies and the title themes for two spin-off series. This concert is being conducted by Justin Freer and produced by CineConcerts.

What makes "Star Trek" so enduring that a 100-city concert tour was created? Shatner said it is because of the "magic of 'Star Trek,' " which he delved into in his 1999 book and 2012 documentary about Trek fans, both called "Get a Life. …

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