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Sounds and visions from the 'Voyage'

The idea is enterprising: Take a legendary pop-culture phenomenon – “Star Trek” – and cull through 700 hours of content from 12 movies and six television series. Distill the best music and strongest imagery, match it by theme and meld it into a show. Hire musicians to play the music, pack an oversize projection screen, and take it on the road.

That’s “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage,” a live show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the movie and TV franchise. The 100-plus-city tour, which features a symphony orchestra playing in front of a 40-foot projection screen, comes to Buffalo for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday in Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Tickets range from $35 to $75 (box office, Ticketmaster).

In an interview with The Buffalo News, actor William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk, described the thematic elements of the production. For a particular theme, such as man vs. machine, audiences will see footage from multiple “Star Trek” movies and television shows, while the orchestra will play music from those scenes.

“The audience becomes aware of how the music is enhancing the scene,” Shatner said. “They become aware of how critically important music is to movies.”

CineConcerts, the production company behind the show, has staged similar productions for “The Godfather,” “Gladiator,” and soon, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Email Tim O'Shei at toshei@buffnews.com

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