"the Album Experience" features classic and modern recordings presented in immersive sound. Listeners will enjoy excellent acoustics and comfortable seating at this venue. Each piece will have a brief introduction. Events are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-album-experience-19038466868 Listeners are encouraged to attend both the 7:00 and 9:00 PM sessions.
7:00 pm: Mahler Symphony No. 6 - Gustav Mahler's epic symphony, considered one of the best pieces of the early 20th century. Performed by Teodor Currentzis & MusicAeterna. Pre-concert introduction by Nathaniel Reichman.
9:00pm: Boulez Notations I-IV - Pierre Boulez's explosive (and short) orchestral work. Startling and complex, this is required listening for anyone interested in modern music. Performed by Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony. Goldenthal Othello - Elliot Goldenthal's masterful symphonic adaptation of his ballet score of the same name. Performed by Marek Mos & Aukso Orchestra.
IS THIS A CLASSICAL MUSIC-ONLY LISTENING SERIES? Yes and no. There certainly is an emphasis on "classical" music, but the goal of the series is to present longer or more challenging pieces that the average listener might not consider listening to at home. As the series goes on, I'm very interested in including popular concept albums, electronic music, opera, etc.
THESE ARE COMMERCIALLY-RELEASED RECORDINGS, MANY OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE ON SPOTIFY OR APPLE MUSIC. WHAT MAKES GOING TO THE PLANETARIUM SPECIAL? Just like going to the movies or a film festival, great art is better-experienced in a group of people. The acoustics and the sound system in the planetarium are much better than the average living room. And the introduction of each piece might give one a deeper understanding of the music.
ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED TO ATTEND? Attentive children aged ten and above are welcome. This series is aimed at people who are interested in what is often referred to as "deep listening". But that type of listening is learned, so students will benefit from the experience.
IS THERE FREE PARKING? Yes! Free evening parking is available behind the Visitors Center via Spencer Street off Broadway.