JUL 2024 24 WED 7:30 pm
Special Event
Star Trek (2009) live with film score played by the San Diego Symphony OrchestraEpstein Family Amphitheater
  • Reserved Seating: $30–120
  • Lawn (General Admission): $30
  • UCSD Student: Limited free tickets via SSO
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Introduction by Michael Giacchino

Experience the thrilling Star Trek saga like never before! Join us for an unforgettable evening as the San Diego Symphony performs the exhilarating score of Star Trek (2009) live, perfectly synchronized with the film. Relive the epic journey of James T. Kirk, Spock, and the intrepid crew of the USS Enterprise as they face their greatest challenges yet. The symphony’s powerful rendition of Michael Giacchino’s iconic soundtrack will transport you to the final frontier, adding a new dimension to the breathtaking visuals and action-packed scenes. Don’t miss this extraordinary fusion of film and live music, where the adventure boldly continues!

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About Michael Giacchino

Composer and Director Michael Giacchino has film score credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed projects in recent history, including The Incredibles, Coco, Jojo Rabbit, Ratatouille, Star Trek, Jurassic World, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Spider- Man: No Way Home, War for the Planet of the Apes and The Batman. Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit Up earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards. After almost twenty years of film scoring, Giacchino directed the very first Marvel special presentation, Werewolf By Night in 2022.

Giacchino studied filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. After college, he landed a marketing job at Disney and began studies in music composition, first at Juilliard, and then at UCLA. He moved from marketing to producing in the newly formed Disney Interactive Division where he had the opportunity to write music for video games.

After moving to DreamWorks Interactive, he was asked to score the temp track for the video game adaptation of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Subsequently, Steven Spielberg hired him as the composer and it became the first PlayStation game to have a live orchestral score, recorded with members of the Seattle Symphony. Giacchino went on to score numerous video games including Spielberg’s Medal of Honor series.

Giacchino’s work in video games sparked the interest of J.J. Abrams, and thus began their long-standing relationship that would lead to scores for the hit television series Alias and Lost, and the feature films Mission Impossible III, the three Star Trek films, and Super 8.

Additional projects include collaborations with Disney Imagineering on music for Space Mountain, Star Tours (with John Williams), the Ratatouille ride in Disneyland Paris, and the Incredicoaster on Pixar Pier at California Adventure. His music can be heard in concert halls internationally with all three Star Trek films, Ratatouille, Jurassic World, Up and Coco being performed live-to-picture with a full orchestra.

In June 2018, Giacchino premiered his first work for symphony orchestra, Voyage, commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the piece celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of NASA. In July 2019, a third movement, Advent, was added for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.

In 2019, Giacchino’s first LP of original music, Travelogue Vol 1, featuring his Nouvelle Modernica orchestra, described as a story in song, was released on Mondo Records. The holiday song Christmas Number One, written with Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson was recorded and performed by UK based band Itchy Teeth, and released as a specialty single with Death Waltz Records.

Werewolf By Night marked Giacchino’s feature directing debut after having helmed the Star Trek short Ephraim and Dot, and his own comedy short, Monster Challenge.

His most recent work was for the International Academy Award nominated Society of the Snow directed by J.A. Bayona, and IF, directed by John Krasinski. Giacchino sits on the advisory board of Education Through Music Los Angeles.



Gates open at 6:30 pm


The Epstein Family Amphitheater is located at 9480 Innovation Lane, La Jolla.


The closest parking structure is Gilman Parking Structure. UC San Diego requires parking permits 7 days a week. Permits can be purchased at permit machines or through the Parkmobile App. Visit UC San Diego Transportation for information on where to buy your permit, and costs.

Accessible Seating

Accessible Seating: Wheelchair-accessible seating is available in all seating areas for patrons in wheelchairs and their companions.

Food & Drink

Food and drink will be available for purchase in the venue. Please note: Food vendors are cashless.


Ticket prices is inclusive of fee.

More Info

If you need additional information and/or assistance, please contact artpower@ucsd.edu.

What can I bring to the show?

You may bring in empty refillable water bottles, small personal bags (16” x 16 “ x 8”). All bags are subject to search by security officers. We encourage that you dress in layers and for those who have tickets to the General Lawn Section to wear shoes without heels. 

Prohibited Items

Additional prohibited items include: strollers, large backpacks, flags, tobacco products, alcohol, cans, bottles, ice chests, picnic baskets, lawn furniture, weapons of any kind, umbrellas, pets, hula hoops, musical instruments, laser pointers, bicycles, and skateboards.  Cameras with a detachable lens of any kind and professional recording devices are not allowed, including GoPros. Scooters, skateboards, roller skates, and other recreational wheeled equipment are not permitted at the Epstein Family Amphitheater. UC San Diego is a smoke-free campus. 

If you have questions, please contact amphitheater@ucsd.edu

Can I bring Lawn Furniture, Cushions or Blankets?

For the safety and comfort of all, you may not bring lawn chairs or furniture. The lawn is quite steep and not safe for lawn chairs. You can bring in personal seat cushions, blankets, or seating, as long as they fit your personal space and lie flat on the ground (no legs, no hard structure). We encourage the same for the stone bench seating areas on both General Admission and reserved seating shows.
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