Fifty years ago this summer, a brave American man stepped out of a landing craft onto the surface of the moon and made history. It was an indelible moment of Milky Way magic, and the Palm Beach Symphony wants to bring a little bit of this remarkable achievement back to the students of Palm Beach County with One Small Step, an orchestra-and-dance program like no other.
With the help of the Demetrius Klein Dance Company and four exciting pieces of all-American music, the orchestra will present an interactive concert for students of all ages in which they will literally take part in exploring such scientific concepts as the Earth’s rotation, gravity and telescope viewing. All this while thrilling to a powerful Copland fanfare, the soaring themes of Star Wars and sharing the adventures of a very special resident of Earth’s satellite, Rocky de Luna, an inquisitive moon rock.
With a special narrative accompanied by the music of Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait, students will meet Rocky as she hitches a ride with two friendly NASA astronauts on the Apollo 11 lunar module en route back to planet Earth. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin show Rocky some out-of-this-world views of the moon, help define the moon’s place in the solar system, describe how the moon affects all life on Earth ... and leave Rocky with a sense of wonder and pride in her “rockdom”!
Why not take One Small Step with the symphony, and join us for this spectacular performance?
Alexander Magalong, Conductor
Curriculum/activities guides will be available to all teachers and families. Please check back on the education page for the guides.
One Small Step also includes a unique collaboration with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Selected fourth-grade students will have an opportunity to heighten their experience through pre- and post- concert workshops, one of which examines Earth from the perspectives of space and time while the other explores forms of energy. These exceptional workshops will address fourth-grade science and arts curricular standards through arts-integrated instruction given by dance and music teaching artists.
In addition, the planetarium film Astronaut will be shown at the schools before the concert thanks to the Science Center’s portable digital Discover Dome, allowing students attending the program to learn about traveling in space and being an astronaut. The Science Center’s post-concert workshop offers an opportunity for students to test the strength of an electromagnet and experience the static electricity from a Van de Graaff generator.
These workshops are free of charge to all participating schools.
Sponsored by The Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of Music.
Reservations for your school group to attend the performances at Plumosa Elementary can be made directly through Education and Outreach Coordinator Alexis Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transportation is available through the School District. Reservation for buses are required.
Reservations for your school group to attend the performances at Miramar Cultural Center can be made with Kelly Armstead by calling (954) 602-4519, or emailing email@example.com.
Reservations for your school group to attend the performances at Eissey Campus Theatre can be made with Jennifer Anderson by calling (561) 207-5358 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.