The Sporting Life: Star Trek The Ultimate Voyage Edition

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage, a North American concert tour playing performing arts centers in more than 100 cities in 2016, will visit Nashville with a performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, February 2.

“The Star Trek franchise has for many years been an important and meaningful part of our culture in so many ways,” said Justin Freer, producer and founder of CineConcerts. “This exciting concert experience featuring the greatest music and visuals spanning five decades will be an extraordinary and memorable event.”

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage will be conducted by Freer, who has quickly become one of the most sought-after conductors of film music with a long list of full symphonic live to projection projects under his belt ranging from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy to The Godfather to Gladiator. He has appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Sydney Symphony.

This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international special solo instruments. People of all ages and backgrounds will experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

The concert will feature some of the greatest music written for the franchise including music from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and much more. This never-before-seen concert event is perfect for music lovers, filmgoers, science-fiction fans and anyone looking for an exciting and unique concert experience.

“When a story has renamed aircraft carriers, NASA space shuttles, and the first names of thousands of children in hundreds of countries, you realize these characters go beyond entertainment, but are more like family,” said CineConcerts co-founder and producer Brady Beaubien. “Star Trek breaks every boundary of judgment or expectation. It inspires, challenges, and re-thinks. Star Trek is who we want to be. Inspired, fiercely loyal, sometimes reckless.”

I have been a Trekkie, or Trekker, for 50 years. In 1966, Nashville was not the enlightened “It City” you know today. Schools were not yet fully integrated and racial desegregation was still a goal, something that lay in the future. So, too, did the vision of Gene Roddenberry, and when NBC announced that it would air Star Trek on Friday nights, WSM, the Nashville affiliate refused to air it, and instead aired a Country Music Showcase in its timeslot. I was part of a protest movement that got them to reconsider, and begin airing the program, albeit three weeks after it started nationwide. Join me on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at TPAC for this extraordinary experience.

Tickets are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and in person at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville.