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National Philharmonic: Cosmic Designs

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8pm

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3pm

The Music Center

National Philharmonic:
Cosmic Designs

In collaboration with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

A Multimedia Production!
Journey through a stunning multimedia presentation featuring original NASA footage of our solar system, explore exhibits about the latest NASA discoveries and missions, and engage in conversation with Goddard scientists and engineers about their cutting-edge work.

Members of the National Philharmonic Chorale
Piotr Gajewski, conductor 

Debussy   La Mer
Holst   The Planets

Cosmic imagery is used to great effect in one of the greatest masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire. Gustav Holst’s The Planets creates a powerful musical astrological chart as it takes the audience on a space voyage teeming with intriguing sonorities. The broad canvas of The Planets is juxtaposed with Debussy’s symphonic poem La Mer, undoubtedly the greatest depiction of the power and shifting moods of the mighty ocean. From Holst’s interspatial fantasy to a musical celebration of the beautiful and terrifying power of the sea, this concert features two of the most enduring works of the 20th century.



More Cosmic Designs offerings:
NASA Scientists Q&A: Jan. 27, 7:15-7:45pm; Jan. 28, 2:15-2:45pm; Comcast Lounge.
Now is your chance to ask NASA scientists about the agency’s most recent missions and cutting-edge work.
NASA Chat for Young People: Meet NASA scientists, who can answer all your questions about our solar system!
Pop-Up Gift Shop: NASA-themed gifts for all ages available for purchase.
Strathmore Lobby: Enjoy NASA-themed displays and even meet a real astronaut!
Color the Music Exhibit: View artwork created by young people related to Holst’s Planets and Debussy’s La Mer on display in the Strathmore Orchestra Lobby during the concert weekend.
Free pre-concert lectures: Jan. 27, 6:45pm; Jan. 28, 1:45pm

Weekend sponsors: Lockheed Martin 
                                   Ms. Jane Liu and Mr. Edward Brinker
                                   Ameriprise Financial
Sunday sponsor: Ingleside at King Farm

Support the National Philharmonic
Donations to support the National Philharmonic can be made here. Thank you for your gift!

This concert is not presented by Strathmore.