Take A Trip To The Moon With The Cincinnati Pops
July 5th marks the global release of the latest Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recording, Voyage, under the direction of Pops Conductor John Morris Russell. The first studio recording made at Cincinnati Music Hall following a major renovation draws inspiration from the stars and includes the world premiere recording of the title track by Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino. His composition, Voyage, was co-commissioned by the Cincinnati Pops and the National Symphony Orchestra and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and the historic "giant leap for mankind."
"Michael Giacchino's Voyage portrays the physical and metaphorical struggle to escape the gravity of our home planet to reach the eternal vastness of space," said Russell. "This vivid and emotional work captures both the anxiety and thrill the world experienced as Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins made history together 50 years ago."
Giacchino has always been fascinated by Apollo 11's mission. He wrote, "I first became enthralled with the space program when my dad showed me photographs that he had taken of the television broadcast of the first Moon landing. I was too young to have any recollection of it, but seeing those photos taken in our family room inspired me to learn more. Voyage not only marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, but it also honors the men and women who dared to dream for us all."
Giacchino won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy for his original score to the Disney Pixar film, Up, and an Emmy for the television series, Lost. Among his many film credits are Star Trek (2009) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Musical selections from these two films are included on this new Cincinnati Pops recording.
The Voyage album also features selections from Gustav Holst's The Planets including "Venus, the Bringer of Peace" set to the poem, "High Flight," by John Gillespie Magee and read by Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kate Mulgrew.
"'High Flight' is often used to memorialize aviators and astronauts," said Russell. "The eloquence of the words, music and heartfelt reading by Kate Mulgrew is our own tribute to the men and women of NASA who have given their lives in the pursuit of humanity's final frontier."
Mulgrew is best known for portraying Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and more recently, Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange is the New Black.
Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble is the featured chorus on Giacchino-composed tracks on Voyage including Star Trek and two selections from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.