With all the attention George Oldziey's WC3, 4 & Prophecy re-orchestrations have been getting over the last year, another Wing Commander music project has flown under the radar. The Wing Commander 1 suite we previously reported on has been making the rounds in Europe. If you are a lucky Wing Commander fan living in, or willing to travel to, Sweden you can catch it next as part of the "We Come in Peace" sci-fi themed concert series that will be playing in Göteborg, Sweden. Performed by the Swedish national orchestra, you will have three dates to choose from: Jan 12th, 13th, and 14th. You can check out the program details and book your ticket here. The Wing Commander suite will be playing alongside some of the greats of sci-fi such as Star Trek and Star Wars, and by an orchestra who, according to the website, has a goal of "becoming one of the ten foremost orchestras in the world by 2020."
We Come in Peace crosses all media borders. Instead of focussing on music from either films or games, we set our laser sight on science fiction as a genre, regardless of whether it involves the dream of intelligent life on faraway planets, epic space wars, or horrendous, galactic monsters. The music comes from the best-loved, space-themed films, TV series and games – Star Wars, E.T., Aliens, Star Trek, Halo and even more. The concert is the result of a lifelong dream of film connoisseur and science fiction lover Orvar Säfström, known from Swedish Television and the game music concert Score.
Arranger Andreas Hedlund has said about the suite:
In the case of Wing Commander, I wanted to build up the actual drama of the game, so we start with the theme song, move to the scramble music, then the space battle theme (two variants) and finally the medal ceremony.
The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra played "We Come in Peace" at three concerts in Finland in 2016 in the city of Tirku. The concert played in January, February, and November 30th. In 2014, the Wing Commander suite was also part of another concert series "SCORE" that focused more on game music and was played previously by the Swedish Radio Symphony orchestra. An updated version of SCORE that doesn't include the Wing Commander suite was recorded and broadcast in extremely good quality on Swedish TV. Let's hope "We Come in Peace" gets the same treatment.