George Takei to host PSO concert

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Social media maven and “Star Trek” star George Takei will host and narrate a “Sci-Fi Spectacular” Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert Nov. 14 to 16 at Heinz Hall. The concert -- part of the “PNC Pops” series -- will feature music from sources such as “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Mr. Takei played Hikaru Sulu on three seasons of the television show “Star Trek” and in six movies. He is one of the most popular figures on social media, with 7.3 million Facebook likes and 1.2 million Twitter followers. He has been a guest narrator with numerous other symphony orchestras.

The Japanese-American Mr. Takei was interned as a child during World War II in two U.S. internment camps and has served in official capacities for groups such as the Japanese American National Museum and the Japanese American Citizens League. Also openly gay, he has served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's "Coming Out Project."

He is the subject of "To Be Takei," a documentary that premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theaters next month.

First Published July 30, 2014 12:00 AM

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