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CLASSICAL SOPRANO surprises audience with STAR TREK | Conductor Rainer Hersch

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Published on May 15, 2020

Spanish Soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal performs a hilarious STAR TREK warmup. Comedy and classical music LIVE. A Trekkie treat. Conductor Rainer Hersch.

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Trekkies delight! Brilliant Spanish soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal (http://www.lauraruhividal.com/) 'warms up' for her appearance with the Rainer Hersch Orkestra by singing the theme to the original series of Star Trek. With its original cast of characters: James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Leonard 'Bones' McCoy (DeForest Kelly), Scotty (James Doohan), Sulu (George Takei) and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), this was one of the most beloved TV shows of the sixties. The "Theme from Star Trek" (originally scored under the title "Where No Man Has Gone Before") was composed by Alexander Courage. The original soprano in the studio recording was Loulie Jean Norman.

Thanks to all those people who have posted lyrics. Laura Ruhí Vidal either didn't know them or preferred not to sing them. They probably mean even less to a Spanish-speaker than they do if you are an English-speaking native. Anyway, for the record, they are:

Beyond
The rim of the star-light
My love
Is wand'ring in star-flight
I know
He'll find in star-clustered reaches
Love,
Strange love a star woman teaches.
I know
His journey ends never
His star trek
Will go on forever.
But tell him
While he wanders his starry sea
Remember, remember me.

According to the web: "Without Courage's knowledge, Gene Roddenberry, who created the original Star Trek TV series, wrote these lyrics to Courage's tune, not in the expectation that they would ever be performed but in order to claim a 50% share of the music's performance royalties. Although there was never any litigation, Courage later commented that he considered Roddenberry's conduct unethical. Roddenberry was quoted as responding, "Hey, I have to get some money somewhere. I'm sure not gonna get it out of the profits of Star Trek." Well, he got that wrong.

This performance took place at Cadogan Hall, London as part of the Rainer Hersch Orkestra's 'New Year's Eve Bash 2019'. Tickets for the 2020 NYE Bash are on sale here https://cadoganhall.com/whats-on/rain... The Rainer Hersch Orkestra is composed of violins, violas, cellos, double bass, clarinet, French horn, piano and percussion - together, they create the funniest classical music on the web. Please subscribe to this channel and spread the word. THANKS!

ABOUT LAURA RUHÍ VIDAL
Soprano Laura Ruhí Vidal graduated from the Opera Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama of London, after she completed her BMus (Hons) and being awarded an Artist Fellowship. She has sung opera roles such as Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor with Pop-Up Opera, Papagena in The Magic Flute with Mid Wales Opera, Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera Project, Barena in Jenufa at the Longborough Opera Festival, etc. Besides, she also has sung in various concert venues (Barbican, St Martin in the Fields, Purcell Room), and festivals across the UK and Spain.

ABOUT RAINER HERSCH
A trained conductor and pianist, British stand-up comedian Rainer Hersch ("Victor Borge for a new generation" The Times) has performed on every comedy stage in the UK and in more than thirty countries across the world. He is responsible for YouTube hits such as "Orchestra plays Microsoft Windows™ - the waltz" https://youtu.be/dGKwx-BFO0E to "The Funniest Classical Orchestra Ever" https://youtu.be/BLXwpGCn2KQ - this is the guy that actually does on a concert stage what others just talk about. Find out what Rainer did next http://bit.ly/1hGR52j Rainer and his Orkestra are on tour in Autumn 2020 https://www.rainerhersch.com/whatson/

All enquiries: management@masterpiece.me.uk

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