In partnership with NASA, National Philharmonic announces the world premiere of Dehlinger’s Cosmic Cycles on May 11, 2023. This new work integrates a symphonic suite played live against the backdrop of out-of-this-world images, animations, and groundbreaking visualizations from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Cosmic Cycles will enjoy two performances:
May 11, 2023 - at Capital One Hall in Tysons, VA at 7:30 PM
- May 13, 2023 - at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD at 8:00 PM
NatPhil's collaborations with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center are among its most well-attended concert events. It is especially popular with children, who can enjoy educational materials in the lobby before and after the concert and during intermission.
“There’s a massive screen above the stage where the imagery will be projected and the orchestra underneath,” says NatPhil conductor Piotr Gajewski about the cinematic setup. “It’s a very large orchestra, maybe 90, almost 100 musicians because there are some very special instruments: harps, celesta, lots of different percussion, English horn, contrabassoon.”
"NASA has made a huge impact on our culture," Dehlinger says. "At Goddard, they have seven animators on staff and a full production operation whose sole mission is to share NASA’s most exciting science stories with wide and diverse audiences."
"In the past, our friends at Goddard created visualizations to accompany iconic musical works that evoke space, such as Gustav Holst's The Planets," Dehlinger continues. "This time, the NASA Goddard team will create the visualizations first. Then I compose the music. Cosmic Cycles will be a sort of visual tone poem that contains neither dialogue nor vocalized narration. Its tone will be set by the juxtaposition of stunning images and original music. I can't wait!"
For more on Henry Dehlinger, please visit https://HenryDehlinger.com/about.
From NatPhil’s 2022-23 Season Announcement:
Join National Philharmonic for a season full of familiar favorites, out-of-this-world new works, and pops performances featuring some of the best and brightest starts in the biz. Highlights include:
- World-premiere works by composers Henry Dehlinger and Adolphus Hailstork,
- Performances of choral-orchestral masterpieces by Berlioz, Handel, J.S. Bach, and Orff with the National Philharmonic Chorale under the direction of Music Director Piotr Gajewski and Chorale Artistic Director Stan Engebretson,
- Performances of symphonies by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Farrenc, Mahler, Beethoven, and a special 150th birthday tribute to Rachmaninoff,
- Renowned guest artists, including violinists Gil Shaham and Sarah Chang; tenor Norman Shankle; pianists Claire Huangci and Brian Ganz; and more,
- Appearances by celebrated Broadway performers: singers Stephanie J. Block and Michael Maliakel and Christopher Jackson and Aisha Jackson; and dancer Luke Hawkins, under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Luke Frazier.
For more on NatPhil’s 2022-23 season, please visit: https://nationalphilharmonic.org/season-2223/.