Special to ONT. ARTS REVIEW
“Beam me up Scotty”; “May the force be with you”; “Live long and prosper”; ‘PHASERS on STUN’ – all words to live by, and contributed to the lexicon by science fiction movies and TV. The majority of these were accentuated by the background musical scores which also has become part of our cultural glossary. Many folks can’t recite the vowels WITHOUT resorting to the five communicating notes that were intrinsic to “Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind!”.
The Hamilton Philharmonic brought in guest conductor David Martin and in addition to his baton- his trombone. Trumpeter Larry Larson also guested and acted as host. Would it be too facetious to say the evening was Out of this World’
The impressive theme from the opening scene of ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’ which is Strauss’s Also Spach Zarathustra was followed by a historical trip through some of the Star Trek backgrounds. Martin’s interpretation was heavy on the brass & percussion motives, something that carried on throughout the evening’s offerings. His Holst- MARS was metronomic with powerful emphasis from Iadeluca, Portman, and a busy Stefan Kitai. Goodman’s harp is intrinsic to many of the night’s compositions but should have been miked for volume emphasis.
The instrumental solos by Martin & Larson were faultless and so emotionally charged as to be of CD quality and deservedness. The ‘Stardust’ rendition was as great as any of the myriad versions we’ve heard since its creation 87 years ago. Any program that references background music is mandated to include works by John Williams and the HPO followed the decree. The audience heard his music from “A.I.”; the suite from ‘Star Wars’ and the subtle adaptation of Disney’s “Wish upon a star’ aria from Close Encounters.
F.Y.I. this Ned Washington piece from 1940 won an Academy Award; became the theme of the Disney Empire, and earned Jiminy Cricket the title of Handsomest Hunk of the Year (all true except for the last).
There were also some surprise guests from another Galaxy, many of whom we recognized from ‘Big Bang Theory’ posters, but failed to identify the character in a red hijab. Any help – readers!