Universal Cable Productions presented Bear McCreary and the music from Battlestar Galactica for three nights at the House of Blues in San Diego from July 23-25th during Comic-Con! Each of the nights was hosted by and featured appearances by members of the cast of Battlestar Galactica. The concerts celebrated the July 28 release of a special 2-CD set, Battlestar Galactica: Season 4, which reached the top 10 on Amazon’s Best Seller list for overall music sales, peaking at #4. La-La Land Records is releasing the Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 soundtrack through a license agreement with NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music and Consumer Products Group.
The Thursday night concert was hosted by Edward James Olmos and featured guest appearances by Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Luciana Carro (Captain “Kat” Katraine), Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), and Katee Sackhoff (Captain Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace). “The highlight of the concert for me,” composer Bear McCreary described, “was hearing the audience explode as Katee Sackhoff and I sat down at the piano and kicked into ‘All Along the Watchtower.'”
Featuring a cast reunion on stage with a touching tribute to producer Harvey Frand, who recently passed away, Friday’s concert was a must-see event. Joining Edward James Olmos (Admiral Adama) and Grace Park (Sharon ‘Boomer’ Valerii) the evening’s emcees on-stage were Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek), Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh), Michael Trucco (Samuel Anders), Nicki Clyne (Crewman Specialist Cally Henderson), Michelle Forbes (Admiral Helen Cain), James Callis (Gaius Baltar), and executive producer David Eick.
Grace Park took over hosting duties for Saturday night’s performance which featured an appearance by Tahmoh Penikett (Captain Karl ‘Helo’ Agathon). The performance included fan favorites “Adama and Roslin,” “Pegasus,” “Prelude to War,” the theme music for the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica, and a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song.”
“Bear McCreary’s music was an integral part of the re-invention of Battlestar Galactica. Its complexity, depth, and breadth helped elevate the series beyond a simple ‘Space Opera.’ Seeing Bear play his music at the House of Blues, and having it serve as an impromptu tribute to Harvey, was a real honor,” said Mark Stern, EVP, Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions.
The emcee the first two nights, Edward James Olmos agrees. “The day has finally come when I will be able to experience live the sights and sounds of Bear and his friends. Wow…. what a privilege!”
“I was thrilled to be able to bring the Music of Battlestar Galactica to the House of Blues during Comic-Con,” said McCreary. “All three evenings were magical in their own way, and I’ll never forget them. The cast members who jumped on stage thrilled the crowd, and many fans that approached me at the signings afterwards had lost their voices from screaming all night and yet, despite the intense energy coming from the audience, when I played my intimate, quiet piano compositions the hall was respectfully silent. It was all the energy of a rock concert combined with the loving attention of a symphonic concert audience.”
Season 4 composer McCreary was recently called one of the top 10 composers “that make space adventures epic” by www.io9.com. His work on the television series Battlestar Galactica has been described as offering “some of the most innovative music on TV today,” by Variety, and his blog www.bearmccreary.com/blog, which features in-depth inside looks at the process of scoring Battlestar Galactica, was called “one of the best blogs in the business. It’s a fascinating look at the process of making music for film and television and the care he takes with aligning the score with the twists and turns of each character’s plot lines,” by The Hollywood Reporter.
McCreary’s feature film credits include Wrong Turn 2 and the Rest Stop films. He also scores the series Eureka and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and will be scoring the upcoming Syfy series, and Battlestar Galactica prequel, Caprica and the Capcom video game Dark Void. McCreary was among a handful of select protégés of late film music legend Elmer Bernstein and is a classically trained composer with degrees in Composition and Recording Arts from the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music.
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