By Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Kranz
LOS ANGELES – I attended a nearly sold-out concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall celebrating the 50 years since the first moonwalk.
The California Philharmonic presented the performance in a festive and upbeat atmosphere. We listened to music related to space, often with NASA’s photographs of planets, nebulas and other out-of-this-world sights during “Space: A Giant Leap.”
The first half of the July 28 concert, which was an Angeles away mission, consisted of traditional classical works. The Los Angeles show began with “Also, Sprach Zarathustra.” Conductor Victor Vener explained even though that music did not initially have anything to do with space, the work became associated with its use in the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfe8tCcHnKY).
The orchestra also played Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” – specifically its movements “Mars, Bringer of War” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bcRCCg01I) and “Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity,” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz0b4STz1lo).
The program also included Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) IV, Molto Allegretto. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrH5P6K2QpA) and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (“Titan”), IV Stürmisch bewegt (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1eGoWoNMMU).
“Mars, Bringer of War” reminded me of a starship-to-starship fight. It is so good. I hope they use it in the next “Star Trek” movie. Try listening to it and let me know what you think.
After intermission, we listened to popular classical music works. The program consisted of John Williams’ “Star Wars: The Imperial March,” “E.T. Suite” and “Star Wars: Finale”; James Horner’s “Apollo 13: The Launch,” and Jerry Goldsmith’s and others’ music in “Star Trek: Through the Ages.”
I had undoubtedly listened to “Star Trek” music electronically, but a live acoustic performance was an amazing and unique experience. Overall I had a fun time.