Make us your home page
Instagram

Column: Come one, come all geeks to 'Game of Thrones' orchestra performance

I wouldn't consider myself an orchestra fan, but I would call myself a geek.

Last year, I went to a concert experience called Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage at Ruth Eckerd Hall. It was a lot less theatrical than the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience at Amalie Arena this weekend sounds like it will be (pyrotechnics!), but the premise is the same. It featured a live orchestra playing the music of Star Trek while videos of the franchise's iconic moments played on a screen.

Despite all of my nerd-dom, I wasn't sure about this whole thing. But tickets were on sale, so I talked my husband into it and worried pointlessly over whether I should dress up or don a geeky T-shirt.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I realized how thoroughly I knew this music that often plays in the background. You know how a large portion of your brain is dedicated to song lyrics you magically remember even if you haven't heard the tune for a decade? The same goes for the sounds. If you've watched something several times (please do not ask how many times I've seen every Star Trek series), that music is in your brain whether you know it or not.

But you will also realize that soundtracks often repeat sections or movements in multiple songs, and upon listening intently, you can place them with particular characters, locations and other themes. Recent listens through the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars soundtracks searching for wedding music (hey, I told you I was a geek) led me to recognize the particular notes of the flute that evoke the Shire and John Williams' theme for the Force reappearing across several tracks.

That brings me to yet another realization: how affecting dramatic sweeps in the music really are. For all of the impact that lyrics and dialogue may have, the music can set the tone without them. There's obviously some underlying emotion already at work, but during that Star Trek concert, I may or may not have gotten watery-eyed a time or two during tributes to the late, great Leonard Nimoy.

I'm sure, of course, this doesn't come as news to your average orchestra or classical music fan. But for those of us on the outside, wondering if we should be intimidated, concert experiences like Star Trek or Game of Thrones or the Florida Orchestra's recent Legend of Zelda show can offer easier inroads.

Plus, it's an orchestra performance at which you can cosplay. What's not to love?

Column: Come one, come all geeks to 'Game of Thrones' orchestra performance 03/08/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 11:01am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Recipe for Chicken Wings with Coconut Sweet Potato Puree

    Cooking

    This dish is an homage to one of my favorite Epcot International Food and Wine Festival dishes: Grilled Beef Skewer With Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree from the Patagonia kiosk. A boniato is a sweet potato with whiter flesh and a typically sweeter flavor. I use standard sweet potatoes in this recipe, plus a little …

    Chicken Wings with Sweet Potato Puree. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  2. The 'Total Eclipse' song from the '80s you never knew you loved

    Blogs

    Depending on when you read this, you are eagerly awaiting the eclipse or have seen all the commotion come and go for the first total solar eclipse across America since 1918. Without any doubts, sometime today you will probably have a chance to hear Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse Of The Heart, but here at Stuck in …

  3. Hollywood lost a serious filmmaker in Jerry Lewis

    Movies

    The day the clown died, Hollywood lost a serious filmmaker in Jerry Lewis.

    Jerry Lewis in 2005. Lewis, the comedian and filmmaker who was adored by many, disdained by others, but unquestionably a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, died on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at his home in Las Vegas. He was 91 (New York Times)
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 22

    Events

    Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market: With live music, vegetables, fruit, baked goods, herbs, teas, plants, crafts and handmade jewelry. 9 a.m., Gulfport, along Beach Boulevard, Gulfport. Free. (727) 902-2326.

    SP_347707_KEEL_NAYMARKETS_SCOTT KEELER (12/20/2011 GULFPORT) 1. Shoppers choose various produce items recently at the Gulfport Fresh Market. The market is held on Tuesday mornings.      TIMES PHOTO SCOTT KEELER
  5. My plan for the #solareclipse at 2:51 pm today

    Blogs

    "Marion, don't look at it. Shut your eyes, Marion. Don't look at it, no matter what happens!"