By Christopher Erickson
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Star Trek” franchise, a concert tour named “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage” was created. The concert series celebrated the entire history of the seminal science-fiction creation of Gene Roddenberry in 100 different cities. The only Bay Area stop was at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on March 30, 2016.
The concert hall was packed with fans wearing t-shirts, uniforms from the different shows and people in full costume. Everyone was anticipating a great show.
The stage featured a 40-foot screen with an official Star Trek logo along with a set design that looked like parts of the exterior of the Enterprise. A full orchestra was on hand to play live musical accompaniment to the video display.
The concert opened with the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” theme. Each show from the franchise was featured with select video highlights package and scenes. Specific music accompanied each scene reel from the respective show. There were also movie packages from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” Several other movies were featured prominently throughout the evening including “Star Trek: Generations,” “Star Trek: Insurrection,” the rebooted “Star Trek” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”
There was also a special video package for the aliens of “Star Trek” including a specific focus on the Klingons and the Romulans. Another highlight reel also focused on the human need to explore and discover the unknown.
The concert closed with an encore featuring the main theme from the original series. The video package featured behind the scenes photos from the entire history of the franchise and had special photos for Gene Roddenberry and Leonard Nimoy.
The concert was full of fun memories, great music and special magic from one of the most popular and influential creations of all time. The crowd responded with joyous applause after every video package and at the end of the show. Everyone went home happy hoping they would be able to go where no one has gone before.