Fort Worth Space Orchestra
In this era of audience segmentation, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is targeting the geeks with its Sci-Fi Spectacular. Guest conductor Jack Everly will conduct music from science-fiction films and TV shows, and Star Trek star George Takei will serve as narrator for the evening’s entertainment.
As of this writing, there isn’t definitive word yet on which pieces of music will be played, though the notice on the orchestra’s website mentions John Williams’ music from Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, among others. We’d expect Richard Strauss’ Thus Spake Zarathustra (from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) to make an appearance, as well as selections from Gustav Holst’s The Planets. What we’d like to hear are some selections from Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony, a five-part suite (whose items function like the movements in a classical symphony) inspired by the composer’s love of Superman comics. Mining the rich vein of blockbuster movie music may not be the most original idea for symphonic programming, but getting fanboys and -girls into Bass Hall for a night of music sounds like a fun thing to do.