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Review: Sci-Fi Spectacular with George Takei



Sci-Fi Spectacular with George Takei

Marsh Symphony on the Prairie

July 16, 17

3 stars

Jack Everly, conductor, with Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Eric Stark, artistic director and members of the 501st Legion and costumed Star Wars celebrants. George Takei's famous baritone voice, most associated with his role as Hikaru Sulu, the helm officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise on the original Star Trek series, resonated across the Prairie, reminding us of the unfinished business from the original Star Trek – to forego confrontation, banish war and seek harmony and peace as our planet's universal way of life. By using our resources for the betterment of humankind we can keep our libraries, schools, arts and culture and we can develop skills to improve our health, maintain our welfare and live in harmony with the natural world. Side-by-side, it is amazing how emotionally different is the music for Star Trek and for Star Wars. Aggression pulsates through the latter while uplifting calmness courses through the former. ISO players were at their best with Calvin Custer's arrangement of "Star Trek through the Years," and the equally "call for sanity" scores including: John Williams' "Adventures on earth" from E.T the Extra-Terrestrial," Michael Giacchino's "Up" andBernard Hermann's "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Film and television scores seem somewhat bereft of totality when removed from the visual context of action. The music is written to provide subliminal emotional clues for our bodies while we focus on the screen at home or in a movie house. Perhaps many of us were conjuring up movies and episodes in our minds to fill in the gaps. Fireworks accompanied the closing number, Williams' "The Throne Room" and End Title from Star Wars. —Rita Kohn


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