St. Augustine Orchestra concert on May 10 to focus on outer space in tribute to moon landing


The season finale concert of the St. Augustine Orchestra, “Out of this World,” will be a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 voyage to the moon, with a selection of other-worldly tunes that highlight people’s long love affair with the universe.

The concert is part of the Romanza Festivale of the Arts and will take place Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. at the Lightner Museum. The St. Augustine Orchestra is completing its 57th season.

Just over 100 miles south of St. Augustine in July of 1969, the rocket set off from Cape Canaveral, and the world watched what seemed like an impossible feat to land on the moon. A few years earlier, in 1966, “Star Trek” debuted on TV, captivating people’s imagination of what could be “out there.”

The St. Augustine Orchestra concert will include music from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Apollo 13,” “Wicked,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “ET the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Star Trek,” “Star Wars” and Debussy’s “Clair de lune.”

“We are excited to be performing such an enjoyable selection of music that will remind the audience of how frequently outer space has captured our imaginations,” Maestro Scott Greggs aid. “We’re so lucky living here in St. Augustine that we can still see rockets after blast off and enjoy beautiful nighttime skies.”

Some lucky attendees of the event will be taking home a package of astronaut freeze-dried ice cream from the Kennedy Space Center. The Orchestra will make a random draw from among ticket holders that evening.

Tickets for the show are $22 for adults over age 18; $12 for youth 11 to 17 years old; and free for youth 10 and under. Tickets are available for purchase at Tickets may also be available for sale at the door if the concert isn’t sold out. The box office opens at 7:30 p.m. with general seating.


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