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Music on a mission

The Apollo 11 lunar lander viewed from the command service moduleNASA archives

August 28, 2020

In the summer 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two humans to walk on the moon. On today's show, hear a piece written just last year by Marc Mellits, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber: Mvt 4
San Francisco Symphony; Herbert Blomstedt, conductor
Hindemith: Mathis Der Maler
London 421523

Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 1: Movement 1
The Orchestra Now; Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College, The Sosnoff Theatre at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

Paul Hindemith: Cupid and Psyche (Farnesina)
ROCO; Victor Yampolsky, conductor
ROCO, St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX

Bernard Garfield: Quartet for Bassoon and Strings
Anthony Georgeson, bassoon; Justin Bruns, violin; Madeleine Sharp, viola; Thomas Carpenter, cello
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra-Pre-Concert Series, Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA

Hour 2

George Gershwin, arr. Brad Dechter: Someone To Watch Over Me
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; Keith Lockhart, conductor
Serenade: The Love Album
E One 7792

Marc Mellits: Apollo
Windsync
Beaches Fine Arts Series, St. Paul's-by-the-Sea Church, Jacksonville Beach, FL

George Gershwin: An American in Paris
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic; James Judd, conductor
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall University of Maryland College Park, MD

Giovanni Battista Vitali: Chaconne in G minor
Randall Goosby, violin; Zhu Wang, piano
Honest Brook Music Festival, Honest Brook Farm, Delhi, NY