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NSO Pops: Apollo 11: A 50th Anniversary
One Small Step, One Giant Leap

Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:00 PM

NSO Pops

In collaboration with NASA, the NSO celebrates 50 years since the 1969 moon landing with a momentous concert event hosted by Mythbusters's Adam Savage. Emil de Cou conducts this special program with appearances and performances by Meredith Vieira, Pharrell Williams, LeVar Burton, Natasha Bedingfield, Mark Armstrong, and others. The evening also includes stunning new visuals from NASA, a never-before-seen video of David Bowie performing “Space Oddity” live on his 50th birthday, and a new NSO-commission by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Star Wars: Rogue OneUp)—played to the minute Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon.

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In collaboration with NASA and conducted by Emil de Cou, the NSO performs a one-night-only tribute to the July 20, 1969 moon landing in the Concert Hall. Mythbusters's Adam Savage hosts this special concert featuring appearances and performances by Meredith Vieira, Pharrell Williams, LeVar Burton, Natasha Bedingfield, Charles Fishman, and Mark Armstrong, son of the late Neil Armstrong. Don't miss the premiere of a new NSO-commissioned work by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino and a never-before-seen music video of David Bowie performing “Space Oddity” live at his 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997.

The tribute also features specially curated visuals from NASA that are timed to music, along with special pre-taped performances and greetings from John “Jack” Schlossberg, Brad Paisley, Elton John, Stephen Colbert, Todd Douglas Miller, astronauts on the International Space Station, and others. 

PLEASE NOTE: Charles Fishman will sign books following the performance, in the Grand Foyer outside of the Concert Hall.

Watch and Listen

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