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