Friday, October 31, 2008

Stargate / Star Trek - Rocky Mountain News: 'Trek: The Concert'

At the Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO):

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Colorado Symphony program 'Trek: The Concert' aims to get Trekkies to boldly go to concert hall

Symphony has it all: TV stars, story, lyrics

By Marc Shulgold, Rocky Mountain News

Published October 31, 2008

OK, Trekkies: Anyone know the lyrics to the theme music for the original Star Trek TV series?

Lyrics? Yes, said Robert Picardo, words accompanied the famous tune composed by the late Alexander (Sandy) Courage.
"And they were appallingly bad - they're all about searching for a 'Star Woman,' " said the actor who portrayed the Emergency Medical Hologram (aka the Doctor) on Star Trek: Voyager. Picardo even will sing them as part of today's Colorado Symphony program, "Trek: The Concert."

But who wrote the lyrics?
"The words were penned by (series creator) Gene Roddenberry," he said. "And for a simple reason: Gene knew he'd collect royalties each time the theme was played, even though it would remain an instrumental." (Soprano Loulie Jean Norman sang that famous, wordless tune.)

In addition to crooning - something he'd done in Voyager - Picardo will serve as narrator on Saturday, teaming with actor John de Lancie (Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation). Interspersed with musical excerpts from four TV series and seven films, conducted by Erich Kunzel, the actors will tell the Star Trek story.

.. Some of them may quietly hiss at Picardo, who has jumped ship, so to speak, by appearing as Richard Woolsey in the non-Star Trek sci-fi series, Stargate Atlantis. "I straddle two franchises like a colossus," he quipped.

... Trek: The Concert

* When and where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 '08, Boettcher Hall, 14th and Curtis

* Cost: $15 to $73

* Information: 303-623-7876

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