On Saturday night of Comic-Con 2009, a couple hundred fans gathered at the House of Blues to see an orchestra. Do you have that so far? Saturday night, orchestra, and one more thing - standing room only. Those aren't words that are usually combined in the same sentence.
But when Bear McCreary is involved, it's a no-brainer.
McCreary has done a pretty magical thing. He's not only made the score and soundtrack of a television show insanely popular, but the soundtrack for a science fiction TV show. That takes some skills. And he has skills and talent. Epic amounts of them. He has a spot-on ability to pick just the right sounds, just the right tone, instruments, you name it. I've never felt, and I think many fans would agree, that there has been a wrongly placed note in the entire four seasons of Battlestar Galactica. McCreary started scoring the show with three musicians in a garage. Now, he has an orchestra of 16 talented musicians, including former members of the 80s band Oingo Boingo. He's obviously doing something right.
This was my second experience seeing the orchestra in concert. I've been blown away both times. In concert, McCreary's passion for what he does is evident; his time on stage was split between energetic conducting, singing, playing the accordion, and playing piano sonatas. The enthusiasm of every musician just rolled off the stage. The fans were awesome too, all of us cheering as soon as we recognized a piece from the first few notes. How many times have you rocked out to an orchestra?
If you're a fan of music and especially if you are a fan of tyco drums, Irish whistles, and serious strings, visit the site of the BSG Orchestra. I encourage performing a quick search for "Battlestar Galactica concert" on You Tube. If you're not floored, I'll do something wacky. Like eat olives (I really dislike olives).
On the slim chance that he ever reads this, thank you Bear, for bringing us your music.