"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 Listenerrs are encouraged to attend both Part 1 and Part 2.
7:00 pm: Pachelbel Organ Works – Although best known for his chamber piece Canon in D, Johann Pachelbel composed primarily for the organ. Werner Jacob performs these elegant middle baroque pieces that set the stage for J.S. Bach’s later work.
9:00pm: Glass Organ Works – Influenced by baroque composers before him and modern composers of the mid-20th century, Philip Glass played a large role in the establishment of the “minimalist” genre. He is considered one of the greatest composers of our time. Donald Joyce plays these captivating pieces for organ.
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.