The Royal Albert Hall is to stage the UK premiere of Star Trek Into Darkness – Live in Concert on 30 May 2014, offering fans the opportunity to listen to Michael Giacchino’s score played live on stage alongside JJ Abrams’ blockbuster.
The film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Alice Eve and Simon Pegg, was a critical and commercial success when it was released earlier this year, earning $440 million worldwide. Its music will be brought to life by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and Chorus alongside a high definition screening inside the iconic venue.
The event will take place a day after Abrams’ first film gets the live orchestra treatment and is part of the Royal Albert Hall’s series celebrating classic films such as The Matrix and Singin’ In The Rain accompanied by musicians.
“To hear Michael Giacchion’s music, the secret weapon of the Star Trek series, performed live in Royal Albert Hall, will be, I promise, a thrill,” said Abrams. “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.”
Giacchino added, ““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 JJ for 13 years, it will be so rewarding to have his wonderful films brought to life in a whole new way.”
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