In addition to showing J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek with live orchestral accompaniment, provided by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, on the 29th of May 2014, The Royal Albert Hall have now announced that they will also be showing the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness with live accompaniment the day after.
The press release from The Royal Albert Hall includes the following two quotes from J.J. Abrams and Michael Giacchino, who both provide their full-throated support for the event.
To hear Michael Giacchino’s music, the secret weapon of the Star Trek series, performed live in Royal Albert Hall, will be, I promise, a thrill… The full orchestra scoring sessions for the films have been among my favourite life experiences. To give the public a chance to hear this incredible music performed live is a wonderful thing. I cannot wait to go and celebrate Michael’s truly remarkable achievements!
In 2003, before I wrote my first film score, I saw John Williams conduct ET live to picture at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. I will never forget that event. A little over ten years later, I will have the honour of experiencing my music for both Star Trek films performed by the incredible 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of the talented conductor, Ludwig Wicki. That in itself is exciting, but the fact that we will be in the Royal Albert Hall in London is truly amazing. After working with J.J. for 13 years, it will be so rewarding to have his wonderful films brought to life in a whole new way. I look forward to sharing these concerts with J.J. and the Star Trek fans, new and old.
Watching a film with live accompaniment was, of course, incredibly common in the days of silent film but it’s not something that a lot of modern audiences have necessarily experienced. It’s really rather a special experience though and one that I take advantage of whenever the opportunity presents itself.
There is something a little different though when the film in question is a talkie. One great advantage of watching a non-silent film with live accompaniment though is the way in which it so strongly highlights the score. I agree somewhat with J.J. Abrams’ sentiment that Giacchino’s scores are the secret weapon of the Star Trek films and it’s great that they will get such a strong push from this event.
The way in which Giacchino scored the opening of Star Trek, for instance, added greatly to the emotional weight of that scene and it echoed through that film and Star Trek Into Darkness.
In case you need a reminder of Giacchino’s score from Star Trek Into Darkness look no further than the Spotify embed below.