Featuring LIVE projections of space travel among the planets and stars provided by the Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Planetarium during the concert.
Star Trek Theme by Alexander Courage
Violin Concerto by Erich Korngold
The Planets by Gustav Holst
From the original “Star Trek” theme, to the violin concerto that actually inspired that theme, to the masterpiece that inspired dozens of film composers – “The Planets” by Gustav Holst – you are in for an exciting musical trip around the cosmos!
The concert opens with Alexander Courage’s theme from the original “Star Trek” television series, which debuted September 1966. The show truly did “boldly go where no one had gone before,” with its socially adventurous topics for the times, and sparking a franchise which has now spanned generations.
Alexander Courage was only one of many great composers making their living in Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s; one of the most successful was Erich Korngold. Korngold, who composed countless themes and scores for television and film, was also a composer of serious classical works as well. Not only was his Violin Concerto a success, you can hear from the very first notes how it was the inspiration for Courage’s “Star Trek” theme.
Performing the violin concerto as guest soloist will be Cristian Zimmerman, who is the son of FMSO Music Director Christopher Zimmerman. This will be a first – a father-son duo on our concert stage! We are thrilled to welcome Cristian to our stage for his midwestern debut.
“The Planets” by Gustav Holst is a beloved orchestral masterpiece and the centerpiece of the program, and will include LIVE projections of space travel among the planets and stars, provided by the MSUM Planetarium.
There is a free pre-concert talk 45 minutes before each performance in the adjacent Beckwith Recital Hall featuring Christopher Zimmerman and guest soloist. The lobby opens one hour before the concert, and beverage service is available before the concert and during intermission.
Masterworks Series Sponsor: Sanford Health
September Concert Sponsor: West Acres
Directions and Parking: Performances are in Festival Concert Hall in the Reineke Fine Arts Center located at the intersection of 12th Ave. N and Bolley Drive in Fargo. Parking is available in the lots to the south and west of the concert hall (T1 and T2). PARKING MAP is at the bottom of this page.
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