Hamer Hall, Melbourne.
Saturday night saw a performance by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra of their Space Classics programme, celebrating the music of Space . . . mainly space movies.
There were nerds dressed as stormtroopers, and one as Darth Vader, wandering around the foyer when we arrived. And that was a portent of things to come.
After opening with Thus Spake Zarathustra from 2001, we went straight into the theme from Star Wars, from whence it more or less turned into the John Williams variety hour.
However, Williams' bombastic brass (Close Encounters, E.T., Superman and yet more Star Wars) was occasionally interrupted for selections from Holst's beautiful Planets suite, some themes from Star Trek (although not Voyager, much to my wife's dismay) and an awkward bit of audience participation on Thunderbirds are Go!!
It was all highly entertaining, and it is great to see this sort of music played live by a world-class orchestra.
Even the Star Wars theme, which we think we know so well, is revealed in all its complex glory when detached from the images of that Star Destroyer and R2D2 and C-3PO running through the halls.
Magical stuff, although we could have done without the stormtroopers standing in front of the stage eyeballing the audience at the end.
That was just a bit weird.