February 19, 2016

Montréal, QC review

Music: The final frontier. These are the voyages of the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Concert Tour. Its unique mission? To explore strange new cities, to seek out Trekkies and music enthusiasts, and to boldly go where no orchestra has gone before.

Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry’s science fiction phenomenon, has brought us 12 films and more than 700 episodes over half a century. CineConcerts, CBS Consumer Products, and Paramount Pictures have joined forces to create a thrilling event celebrating the franchise’s greatest tracks, crews, and ships we have all come to adore.

Set Course for the Closest Venue
I had the great honor to attend the Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage concert on February 19th in Montreal. My mother, who introduced me to The Original Series as a child, was leading the team, while two childhood friends, with whom I still play the Star Trek Customizable Card Game from time to time, completed our ensemble. We knew very little about the concert, only that a 40-foot-wide screen would accompany the musical arrangements.

Memorable Evening for the Senses
As we entered the Maison Symphonique hall, I knew we were in for a memorable evening. Countless LEDs on a black cloth simulating space surrounded the massive screen. The set was filled with familiar designs: parts of the ship’s hull could be seen on the scene, as well as the tactical station of the Enterprise in the back. Bridge sounds could even be heard from time to time. After a short while admiring the stage and some fans’ costumes, the lights faded out.

Brace for Impact
The musicians from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra beamed to the stage. Following the group was conductor Nicholas Buc, who wore a nice Star Trek pin on his classy suit. The instant they began performing, we were hooked. Thirty pieces of music were executed over the next two hours, so flawlessly I would sometimes try to find the soloists to confirm they were indeed playing. I expected the screen to display silent material related to the current music—with great pleasure, I was wrong. Every original music score had a theme and its very own montage of brilliantly chosen scenes from different Star Trek eras. They kept the voice tracks, creating an even richer experience. The synchronisation between the visuals and the music was perfect. Michael Dorn, who played Worf in The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, also narrated the very brief time between each piece. My eyes were wide open the entire evening. I laughed, almost cried, and got goosebumps many times.

The tour is visiting over 100 cities, so don’t miss this unique opportunity.

Live long and prosper.

Written by: David Mireault