The actor who once steered the Enterprise as Sulu in “Star Trek” is a big draw for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's upcoming Pops series concert, an official said.
Actor and cultural figure George Takei, pictured, will narrate and host the philharmonic's “Sci-Fi Spectacular” show Friday and Saturday at the Civic Center Music Hall. His participation is designed to enhance the popular music that's been an essential part of many science-fiction favorites through the years.
“The music is just fantastic,” said Eddie Walker, executive director of the philharmonic. “It's just some of the best film and science-fiction writing ever.”
Guest conductor is Jack Everly, who created the show about nine years ago and included Takei and soprano Kristen Plumley as talents that help pull it all together. The sci-fi show has been performed in two different forms across the country.
“The music helps you capture the mood and the intensity, or the softness of the portions you're narrating,” Takei told NewsObserver.com before performing with the North Carolina Symphony earlier this year. “Whereas in front of the camera, there's no music, you have to work very quickly. Working with music, which has the power to reach people emotionally, it's wonderful.”
As Sulu, Takei was a member of the original “Star Trek” cast, and in recent years he has become a social media phenomenon and a political activist in addition to his work as an actor. He also recently developed a musical called “Allegiance,” set during the Japanese-American internment of World War II.
Selections for Everly's “Sci-Fi Spectacular” include music from the “Star Trek” television series and movie scores as well as “Star Wars,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Superman,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and a medley of vintage television and movie music called “Lost in Syndication.”
“I've long been a fan of all things sci-fi, but especially the music,” Everly said in an interview from Indianapolis, where he is the principal pops conductor for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “It was a real joy to weed through the thousands of possibilities of what to put on such a concert.”
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