Symphany's Gerard Schwarz conducts concert celebrating the Apollo space program, luncheon tribute features Apollo 8 astronaut William A. Anders
Seattle Symphony's Pacific Northwest Community Orchestra and The Boeing Concert Band Perform at Museum Nov. 14
SEATTLE, Nov. 4, 2009
--On Nov. 14 Seattle Symphony's Pacific Northwest Community Orchestra and the Boeing Concert Band perform a 30-minute concert at The Museum of Flight celebrating the Apollo missions to the Moon-forty years to the day after the launch of Apollo 12. Seattle Symphony 's Music Director, Gerard Schwarz, who celebrates his 25th Anniversary with the Orchestra this season, will conduct the concert. The performance begins at 11:15 a.m. in the Museum's Side Gallery. Selections include the famous opening bars of Richard Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra
; the final movement of Antonin Dvořák's Ninth Symphony, "From the New World"; and Mars
from The Planets
by Gustav Holst. The presentation is free with admission to the Museum.
The concert will be followed by a private luncheon hosted by the Museum and the Seattle Symphony honoring the Apollo missions. Keynote speaker at the luncheon is Apollo 8 astronaut William A. Anders. The event includes a special tribute to Apollo 12. Admission to the luncheon is $40, and includes reserved seating at the concert. For ticket reservations to the luncheon call Sandra Ewing at 206-768-7221.
Apollo 12 launched Nov. 14, 1969 with crewmembers Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., Richard F. Gordon, Jr. and Alan L. Bean. It was the second lunar landing mission. On Nov. 19 Mission Commander Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Bean landed on the Moon while Seattle-native Command Module Pilot Gordon remained in lunar orbit. Conrad and Bean became the third and forth humans to set foot on the Moon. During about 31 hours on the surface they spend about 7 1/2 hours outside of the lander surveying, collecting lunar samples, conducting experiments and photographing the expedition. The mission ended successfully with a splashdown on Earth Nov. 24, 1969. Several lunar samples from the mission are on view at The Museum of Flight.
The Museum's permanent exhibit Rendezvous in Space: A Tribute to Pete Conrad, portrays Conrad's career, reviews the history of manned space flight, and looks to the future, using artifacts, audio, images, and interactive displays. For more information and photos of the exhibit, please see: http://www.museumofflight.org/rendezvous-in-space
The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 (on Boeing Field between downtown Seattle and SeaTac Airport.) The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $7.50 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org.