Orchestra Iowa’s moon-themed outdoor concert, with visiting astronauts

Posted on: September 13, 2019

Orchestra Iowa and Music Director Timothy Hankewich “are preparing to fill the front lawn at Brucemore mansion with out-of-this-world programming for Brucemorchestra XII on Saturday,” writes Diana Nollen in Thursday’s (9/12) Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA). Before the concert, “Participants can meet former NASA astronauts Joan Higginbotham and Daniel C. Burbank … see comet creation programs by NASA Solar System Ambassador Mark Brown … and the documentary ‘Live From the Moon’ will be shown on the jumbo screens…. Between movements in Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ Symphony, Phil Jasper, head of Mission Systems at what is now Collins Aerospace [in Cedar Rapids], will join Hankewich onstage to honor the employees who left their mark on the Apollo 11 mission.… ‘From Earth to the Moon & Beyond,’ a lunar landing golden anniversary tribute by [composer] James Beckel [will feature] live narration by the visiting former astronauts.” The program is “also a chance to introduce the orchestra’s new STEAM initiative with Johnson elementary school… Hankewich explained, noting all the hands-on student and family activities being offered… ‘This year’s Brucemorchestra is the most meaningful, most far-reaching in terms of our partnerships, and the most complex of all of our productions,’ says Hankewich.”

Posted September 13, 2019

In photo: Audience members during Orchestra Iowa’s 2018 Brucemorchestra concert on the Brucemore mansion lawn in Cedar Rapids. Photo by James Year