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Forum:Space Events & Happenings
Topic:3/22: Symphonic Odyssey under shuttle Atlantis
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The vibrato of the music resonated throughout the home of the new Space Shuttle Atlantis, causing a hushed silence in the crowd during each number. Christopher Confessore, BSO music director and principal conductor, led 60 musicians as they played compositions such as Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" and Johann Strauss, Jr.'s "The Blue Danube Waltz," both of which are featured in the film "2001: Space Odyssey."

Former astronaut Winston Scott appeared at the concert to share his experiences as a space shuttle astronaut and longtime musician. He played trumpet with the orchestra during Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" and gave an inspirational speech congratulating the BSO on 60 years of bringing music to the hearts of Brevardians.

"The stars aligned for Brevard County when 60 years ago, someone decided to start the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. When stars align, not only are we touched as individuals or as communities, but the influence they have lasts longer than any one of us," said Scott.

The concert was a fundraiser benefitting the BSO.

MarylandSpaceMust have been an awesome concert. Did any collectSPACE members attend?
KSCartistI have enjoyed incredible good fortune designing crew patches for NASA. I never know when something will inspire me.

When I learned that the Brevard Symphony Orchestra would kick off its 60th season with a concert under the Space Shuttle Atlantis, this design came very easily. Musical notes drifting into space.

My buddy Nathan Moeller had created an Atlantis exhibit patch which fit my idea perfectly. So I asked Nate to collaborate with me.

We submitted this design to both the BSO and the KSCVC in the hopes it would be adopted. While they were generous in their praise of the art, they declined to have "a patch."

Can't win them all.

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