The latest in a string of cine-concerts to swing through Tucson will take us to a galaxy far, far away.
“Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage” surveys 50 years of the TV series and spinoff films, from the early days with Capt. Kirk and his Vulcan sidekick Spock to the “Next Generation” under the leadership of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. The concert, featuring a full orchestra and the music of several of the film’s composers, comes to Centennial Hall on Monday, March 28.
We caught up with composer Gerald Fried, who wrote the famous “The Ritual/Ancient Battle/2nd Kroykah” — better known as “Star Trek fight music” — for the second season opening episode “Amok Time,” to talk about the music. Fried, 88, is also known for his work on five of Stanley Kubrick’s early films and on “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
Fried, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has never seen a concert version of the music he and a dozen other composers wrote for the “Star Trek” franchise.
In fact, he never imagined that anything he composed for a series would end up on a concert stage; he reserved that fantasy for the work he did with Kubrick.
“I thought that when I wrote the music for all those Stanley Kubrick movies, he was getting into superstar status, so I thought there would be concerts, and there have been,” he said.
“Hell, yeah” he’s honored, he said. “Since when does a TV composer get this kind of fun?”
Fried, who spends much of his time these days composing baroque/jazz oratorio pieces, is in the middle of penning the soundtrack for the forthcoming “Star Trek” movie, “Star Trek Beyond.”
It’s due out in July, according to the Internet Movie Database. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the show’s debut. And boy are Trekkies in for a shock, Fried said.
“It’s kind of a hardball slapstick along the lines of ‘Animal House’ and ‘Airplane,’” he said.
Is he pulling our leg? No, he says.
And while Fried thinks the film might turn off die-hard fans, “I think a lot of people will love it and bring their friends to the movie, and they will howl at the bad, stupid jokes.”