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Star Wars vs Star Trek

Star Wars vs Star Trek

June 5 — June 6, 8:00 p.m.Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Richard Kaufman, conductor
William Shatner, narrator
Pacific Symphony

William Shatner narrates an intergalactic musical showdown featuring the acclaimed and unforgettable music of your favorite films. From John Williams’ iconic “Star Wars” main theme and “Imperial March” to music from “The Wrath of Khan” to the newest “Star Trek” films.


JOHN WILLIAMS: "The Flag Parade" from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
JOHN WILLIAMS: "Anakin's Theme" from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
JOHN WILLIAMS: "The Forest Battle" from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
JOHN WILLIAMS: "Han Solo and the Princess" from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
JOHN WILLIAMS: "The Asteroid Field" from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
JOHN WILLIAMS: "The Rebellion Is Reborn" from Star Wars: The Last Jedi
JOHN WILLIAMS: "Main Title" from Star Wars: A New Hope

~ Intermission ~

JERRY GOLDSMITH: "The Enterprise" from Star Trek: The Motion Picture
JERRY GOLDSMITH: "End Credits" from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
LEONARD ROSENMAN: Selections from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
MICHAEL GIACCHINO: Star Trek Deluxe Suite
ALEXANDER COURAGE: "Theme" from Star Trek: Original Series
CRAIG SAFAN: The Last Starfighter
LEE HOLDRIDGE: High Flight based on The Higher We Fly by John Denver, Joe Henry, and John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

William Shatner

Guest Artist

William Shatner

William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman.  He is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist. 

His accomplishments in television, film, and stage would take a great deal of time and more space than allotted here.

In 1966, Shatner originated the role of “Captain James T. Kirk” in the television series Star Trek.  The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed. 

Shatner played the title role in the hit television series T.J. Hooker before hosting television’s first reality-based series, Rescue 911.  

He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of eccentric lawyer “Denny Crane” on both The Practice and Boston Legal.  He received four more Emmy nominations as well as other Golden Globe and SAG Award nods.

Shatner's Raw Nerve, which aired on Bio, was his own edgy, celebrity interview series. Each episode showcased Shatner getting to know his guest on an intensely personal level, touching upon subjects not normally visited on other talk shows.  Guests have discussed topics such as addiction, grief, childhood, marriage, combat and parenthood.

His love of music inspired him to record the critically acclaimed album Has Been. The Milwaukee Ballet performed “Common People,” a dance presentation set to several numbers from the record; the event and its preparations are featured in the documentary Gonzo Ballet, which played to sold out houses at film festivals worldwide. 

In August 2018, Shatner released the country music album, What About Me, with Heartland Records. Following the album release, Shatner experienced much success with Shatner Clause, a holiday album released in October 2018 which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard chart. Shatner’s musical project, Ponder The Mystery, with lyrics by William Shatner and music by Billy Sherwood was released October 2013. It followed the well-received, space-inspired album Seeking Major Tom, which featured songs by U2, Frank Sinatra, Queen and Pink Floyd and was released in October 2011.

Off the screen and broadcast waves, Shatner has authored nearly 30 best-sellers in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. His autobiography, Up Till Now, was a New York Times best-seller and was followed by Shatner Rules which was released in October 2011. William Shatner’s book, Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man, was released in February 2016 appearing on the NY Times Bestseller list. William Shatner’s newest book, Live Long And…What I Might Have Learned Along the Way, was released in September 2018.

In April 2011, Shatner launched his hugely popular one-man show, Shatner’s World on Broadway. He toured in Australia and New Zealand, followed by tours in Canada and over 50 cities in the United States. The show is currently touring in the United States and abroad.

Shatner has been successful in another area — horse breeding.  A longtime dedicated breeder of American Quarter horses, he has had enormous success with the American Saddlebred, developing and riding world champions and has won numerous world championships in several equine events.  His passions for horses and philanthropy were united when he started the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which benefits Los Angeles-based children’s charities. 

Shatner continues to act, write, produce and direct while still making time to work with charities and further his passion in equestrian sports.  He and his wife, Elizabeth and three married children live in Los Angeles.