City Lights with Lois Reitzes

City Lights Boldly Goes Into 50 Years Of ‘Star Trek’ Music

September 14, 2016


The groundbreaking sci-fi property “Star Trek” recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and amid the tricorders and red-shirted ensigns, there is a wealth of great music to be found.

The first episode of “Star Trek” aired on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966. While this original series ran for three seasons, it has flourished with spin-off television series and thirteen feature films. The “Star Trek” music universe is no less impressive, with some of Hollywood’s most noted composers bringing us five decades of brilliant music for this highly successful franchise.

Speaking with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, contributor Scott Stewart asserts that Star Trek “has always been associated with high quality music, large, serious, sweeping Romantic style orchestra.”

“In many ways,” he says, “it has helped preserved the symphonic tradition in film music, even while a lot of other sci-fi films have turned to special effects and computer sounds.”

Dr. Scott Stewart is WABE film music commentator and host of “Strike Up The Band,” which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on 90.1 fm and streaming on

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