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The Chromatics


AstroCappella: A Musical Exploration of the Universe Featuring the Chromatics The Chromatics are a high-energy vocal band on a mission to delight audiences with a full spectrum of a cappella songs about science, technology, life, and their intersections. Among their nine CDs is an original, astronomically-correct album called AstroCappella that reflects the beauty and wonder of the universe and the technology that allows us to explore it. Sung from coast to coast and used in classrooms all across the country to captivate and educate, AstroCappella opens a window to a world of music and astronomy. The CD has even flown in space (for realz!). Back down on earth, The Chromatics have captivated young and old alike for more than 20 years at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, the National Air & Space Museum, the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes, and numerous science fiction conventions, First Nights, festivals, concert series, and private parties. Their CDs have been nominated for multiple Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES) and Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs). Today, they are a mainstay of the local music scene and still bring a youthful exuberance to their fun-filled, colorful, and scientifically accurate performances. The Chromatics are: Padi Boyd, John Meyer, Michelle Orhan, Scott Rohrbach, Alan Smale, and Karen Smale

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Video 7/20/2019: Apollo 11 @ 50 : The Chromatics

The Chromatics are a unique high-energy six-person vocal band with a full spectrum of a-cappella songs about science, technology, life, and their intersections. This evening they will perform selections from their AstroCappella project of astronomically correct songs, often with accompanying videos, that take the audience on a journey from the Moon and the Solar System out to the farthest reaches of space and time.

Curated by NASA and the NSO, "Apollo 11 @  50 : The Chromatics" is a tribute and celebration to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

 The Chromatics