Watch Orchestra Perform Main Title Theme For ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Today CBS released a video featuring the scoring session for the main title theme of Star Trek: Discovery with Emmy-winning composer Jeff Russo conducting a 60-piece orchestra.  The video also includes some discussion of the music for the show with Russo and executive producer Alex Kurtzman. Fans will likely note how the theme picks up on cues from the original Alexander Courage music from the original Star Trek.

Discovery’s composer went from rocker to Fargo

The news Jeff Russo was tapped to score Star Trek: Discovery was first revealed at San Diego Comic-Con by showrunner Aaaron Harberts, who said:

A fantastic composer by the name of Jeff Russo, who has done the music for Fargo the series and The Night Of. He is a life-long Star Trek fan – a huge, huge Trek fan. We are in really, really good hands. We just heard his theme. We just saw our main title sequence and it’s spectacular. His music is absolutely wonderful. Check out his other scores, because he is a talent.

Jeff Russo conducting 60-piece orchestra recording theme for Star Trek: Discovery

Russo didn’t start out his music career as a composer. He began in the 90s as a founding member of the post-grunge band Tonic. The band has had a number of top 10 hits and sold over 4 million records; two of their five albums were nominated for Grammys. Even though Russo has now transitioned to primarily composing music for television, he is still part of the band. They released an album last year and still play live periodically.

Here is a Tonic music video for “If You Could Only See,” their hit from 1997 off their debut album Lemon Parade.

Russo started his composing career (just like Michael Giacchino) with video games. He began composing for television in 2009 with the short-lived show The Unusuals, which is where he first collaborated with writer/producer Noah Hawley. After composing for a number of other series, Hawley brought Russo on to score the award-winning FX drama Fargo and again for this year’s FX show Legion.

Here is a recent live performance from the Television Academy of Russo’s music from Fargo, Legion and The Night Of.

Russo earned three Emmy nominations for his work on Fargo, including a win just this week.

Jeff Russo accepting his Emmy award on Sunday September 10th.


Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US.  In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere  on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.


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