It was fun to cheer heroes like Spock and Kirk during Star Trek – in Concert at Hollywood Bowl.
Last night, July 9, the Hollywood Bowl held its second night of Star Trek – in Concert. Continuing its series of screenings of classic films with a live orchestra, yet another packed house enjoyed one of the city’s best outdoor experiences. The right level of fun and fancy met perfectly to watch J.J. Abram’s 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise scored by the wonderful Michael Giacchino.
The composer was on hand to introduce the film before the show began and talked about his musical origins. Like most kids growing up who didn’t have streaming, Giacchino coped with missing shows or waiting for movies to come out by buying scores. He would listen to them over and over to play the story in his head. And now, he’s the one making that happen. He was also joined by Abrams via video message, and together they dedicated the event to one of the film’s stars Anton Yelchin and Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy. The audience gave a solemn moment of silence in their honor.
Families and fans of all ages joined together to celebrate what the film is all about: finding your team and venturing into the beyond to figure out how to make your world/s a better place. Conductor David Newman and the Los Angeles Philharmonic took us on the film’s symphonic journey along with the Enterprise crew. The audience interaction in an open space added a new bond of connection with one another that is lacking in a digital space. It was fun to boo the villains and cheer our heroes, like Giacchino encouraged. It felt healing to applaud when both Yelchin and Nimoy came on screen.
There’s just something remarkable in hearing the music live that just adds another layer of wonder, and it’s not to be missed.