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Those who are able to get to the exclusive sneak preview of Starz's upcoming new series Black Sails are in for more than just a bit of pirate action. Starz announced this week that Emmy nominated Composer Bear McCreary will be delivering a special performance to kick off the screening on Thursday night. For those unaware, McCreary's composed the scores for some pretty fantastic shows - with noticeably great music, I might add - including but not limited to Battlestar Galactica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Human Target, Caprica, The Walking Dead and more recently, Defiance and Da Vinci's Demons. And coming up, he'll be composing the music for Starz's exciting-looking pirate series Black Sails, which is set to premiere January 2014.

Starz's Black Sails screening is set to take place Thursday, July 18 at 8:30 p.m. at the Reading Cinemas (701 5th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101). Fans are encouraged to RSVP to Starz.com/originals/blacksails/RSVP. During the event, attendees will get an exclusive sneak peek screening of the highly anticipated high-seas Starz Original drama from executive producer Michael Bay. Stars Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Mark Ryan and Hakeem Kae-Kazim will be in attendance, along with the show's creators Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine, who will introduce the first episode. And, as we mentioned, Bear McCreary will get things started with a performance. That in itself seems like reason enough to check this out if you're going to be in San Diego during Comic-Con.

Set a couple of decades before the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, Black Sails tells the story of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and John Silver (Luke Arnold), a fast-talking young addition who joins Flint's crew.
Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's the previously released trailer for the series.

And if you're unfamiliar with Bear McCreary's music, here's the main theme for Da Vinci's Demons:

And here's the "Mercy of Living" track from The Walking Dead