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We Chose to Go to the Moon

Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary
Saturday, July 20, 2019 8 PM Zankel Hall
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 16.


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

Shonica Gooden, Vocalist
Adam Kantor, Vocalist
David St. Louis, Vocalist
Elena Shaddow, Vocalist


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"

ALAN SILVESTRI "I Believe Her" from Contact

R. STRAUSS "Sunrise" from Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

JOHN FOGERTY "Bad Moon Rising"

DAVID BOWIE "Young Americans"

JAMES HORNER Main Title from Apollo 13

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

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

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