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The Apollo 11 lunar lander viewed from the command service module
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Music on a mission

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
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

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