10:57am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Trek' Music to Be Celebrated in Concert Tour
Forget space — the new final frontier is apparently symphony halls, with the crews of multiple Starships Enterprise being represented in Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage, a concert tour of more than 100 cities in North America launching in January 2016.
The tour will feature a live symphony orchestra performing music from the Star Trek franchise (including television series, movies and video games) in front of a 40-foot screen playing footage from some of the franchise’s more iconic moments.
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage is a co-venture of CBS Consumer Products, Paramount Pictures and CineConcerts, which has used a similar format for performances based around The Godfather and Gladiator in the past. In a statement accompanying today’s announcement, CineConcerts co-founder Justin Freer said that Star Trek “has for many years been an important and meaningful part of our culture in so many ways,” and that that the “exciting concert experience featuring the greatest music and visuals spanning five decades will be an extraordinary and memorable event.”
Freer will be conducting the performances himself, having previously been responsible for doing so in performances of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra.
The tour will kick off in Florida in January 2016, following a pretour engagement at London’s Royal Albert Hall this November. The North American tour will continue throughout the U.S. and Canada before finishing at the end of April 2015.