Casinos: ‘Star Trek’ set to stun with a live orchestra

Grand Sierra presents “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage.”
Grand Sierra presents “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage.”

You don’t have to be a Trekkie to enjoy “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage” on Sunday, May 1, at the Grand Sierra in Reno.

It might even be good if you are one of the two people in the country who have never seen “Star Trek” or any of its later incarnations. There is no better way to be introduced to the franchise than via a 40-foot screen above a symphony orchestra performing the music from the TV series and movies.

“Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original show and is conducted by Justin Freer, who co-founded CineConcerts, producers of similar events involving “The Godfather,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Gladiator” and others. Freer has guest-conducted with many of the country’s orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra.

“Star Trek” didn’t start big, but it certainly became big. The Grand Sierra Theater provides room to capture the sweep of the scenes that will play overhead. Included are the spin-off TV shows “Voyager,” “The Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine,” plus some of the motion pictures, which began screening in 1979. That’s a lot of time and space to cover and a lot of villains to fight – Khan, the Klingon Armada, the Romulan Starfleet, the Borg Collective – aboard Enterprises helmed by captains Kirk, Picard, Archer and Janeway and staffed by great officers such as Spock, Bones and Reiker.

In an interview last week, the original James T. Kirk, William Shatner, said the concert – he has no piece of it – has “really gotten wonderful reception and it is very entertaining. I would recommend it.” Shatner himself plays Cache Creek on Saturday, May 7. (8 p.m.; $33-$46;


Jackson Browne performs his solo acoustic show at the Grand Sierra on Friday, April 29. (9 p.m.; $34-$52)

You would have to look long and hard to find better masters of the live stage than the Lettermen, and certainly to find anybody who’s been at it longer. They play Thunder Valley on Sunday, May 1. (6 p.m.; $32.75-$42.75;

The very popular Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular is set for Saturday, April 30, at Harrah’s Tahoe. (7:30 p.m.; $23; Ticketmaster)

And Sara Evans, singer of top songs such as “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place To Start” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” plays Reno’s Silver Legacy on Saturday, April 30. (8 p.m.; $39.50-$59.50;