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We Chose to Go to the Moon

Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Buzz Aldrin on the Moon from NASA (public domain)
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. After 2018's sold-out The Vietnam War: At Home and Abroad, John Monsky returns with his unique form of storytelling. The historian and collector's multimedia presentation brings to life the drama, tragedy, and amazing moments of America's race to space with a 30-piece orchestra, Broadway singers, and stunning photography and film from NASA.

John Monsky is also appearing July 20.


John Monsky, Narrator
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Kimberly Grigsby, Conductor

Shonica Gooden, Vocalist
Adam Kantor, Vocalist
David St. Louis, Vocalist
Elena Shaddow, Vocalist
Mike Boschen, Trombone
Ben Butler, Guitar
Thad DeBrock, Guitar
Jon Epcar, Drums
Richard Hammond, Bass
Aaron Heick, Saxophone and Woodwinds
Tony Kadleck, Trumpet
Jon Owens, Trumpet
Billy Jay Stein, Piano


Program to include:

JAMES HORNER "All Systems Go / The Launch" from Apollo 13

BART HOWARD "Fly Me to the Moon"

PHARRELL WILLIAMS / KIRK FRANKLIN "I See a Victory" from Hidden Figures

ROGER MCGUINN "Mr. Spaceman"

DAVID BOWIE "Space Oddity"

PAUL SIMON "The Sound of Silence"

R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

JOHN FOGERTY "Bad Moon Rising"

DAVID BOWIE "Young Americans"

ELTON JOHN / BERNIE TAUPIN "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"

JAMES HORNER Main Title from Apollo 13

ALAN SILVESTRI "I Believe Her" from Contact

Presented by Carnegie Hall in association with the New-York Historical Society and Media Art Xploration, Inc.

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