Shakespeare recited by an “original Klingon”

Christopher Plummer is one of the world’s finest Shakespearean actors. Whether on the stage of the Stratford Festival or the soundstage of a “Star Trek” movie, his command of Shakespeare would even move the Bard himself to tears. He was a star before his recent Oscar win, but it’s still nice to see a fellow Canadian win Hollywood’s top prize.

I regret missing his concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra last September, Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario, in which he combined readings from the Shakespeare play with music from the 1944 film adaptation. However, I stumbled upon a similar concert that is available online.

The opening gala Concert of Ottawa’s Music and Beyond Festival featured Plummer, who created a “Shakespeare and Music” concert. He recites famous Shakespearean passages in between selections by Mendelssohn, Korngold, Rota,  and others.

Any fan of “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” knows Plummer played General Chang, the Shakespeare-obsessed Klingon warrior that featured an eye-patch and bald head. I haven’t counted how many Shakespearean lines rolled off his tongue during the movie, but there are a lot, and I know it made me hungry to see and hear more of him doing Shakespeare.

You can't appreciate Shakespeare until you've heard it in the original Klingon languarge.

The Ottawa concert is available online here:—Music-and-Shakespeare-2011-07-07.

If you like it as much as I did, you’ll definitely want to follow up with a repeat viewing of “Star Trek VI.”

Cry havoc! And let slip the dogs of war.

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