The Houston Symphony Presents J.J. Abrams' Iconic ‘Star Trek’ Movies with Live Orchestra at Jones Hall

By Louise Burton on Jul 11, 2014 07:06 PM EDT

The Houston Symphony invites you to boldly go where no symphony audience has gone before, when it performs the film scores of J.J. Abrams' recent Star Trek movies while the blockbuster films are shown on a huge screen suspended above the orchestra.

These Houston Symphony performances on July 18 and 19 mark the U.S. premiere of these two films with live orchestra. Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos will lead the orchestra and chorus in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009) on Friday, July 18, and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) on Saturday, July 19. Both performances will take place at Jones Hall in Houston.

The live musical performance is designed to synchronize perfectly with the film and blend in with the dialogue and sound effects, creating a thrilling movie-watching experience as audiences witness composer Michael Giacchino's scores recreated live before their eyes.

Although the orchestra may often be overshadowed by the loud sound effects of these action-packed movies, live music should add a greater sense of drama to these tales of the early adventures of the crew of the Enterprise.

Giacchino himself, a special guest in attendance for both performances, will participate in a brief post-concert question and answer session from the stage. Audiences have the option of purchasing a special meet-and-greet ticket for the privilege of meeting the composer at a special event afterwards. More information is available at

The U.S. premieres of these two films with live orchestra are part of the Houston Symphony's annual "Symphony Summer in the City" concert series at Jones Hall in June and July.

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