Event has already taken place
It’s been 50 years since the Eagle landed in the Sea of Tranquillity, and Neil Armstrong put his foot on the moon on the 21st of July 1969. What did he think when he – being the first person ever to do so – saw the earth from the moon? Icelandic musician, composer and conductor Daníel Bjarnason takes us on a musical journey together with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra beyond time and space where the impression of the moment plays against the expanse of the eternal. On violin we will meet Pekka Kuusisto.
Documentary films and pictures are projected on the walls of the concert hall, edited in a very unique way by Danish video artist Lene Juhl. Both musicians and audiences are enclosed in a magnificent cosmic experience.
Free introduction with astronaut Christer Fuglesang ao in the Stora Salen Hall one hour before the start of the concert.
Unique exhibition in the Concert Hall
In the entrance of the Concert Hall hangs the historic image of the first American space walk during the Gemini 4 expedition, Earthrising, taken from Apollo on July 8 1968, and not least the iconic image of Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the moon, with the mirror image of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, in his visor. A total of nine magical moments captured by a Gothenburg-produced Hasselblad camera during the space race in the 1960s selected in collaboration with the Hasselblad Foundation.
On the wall next to the restaurant is a fascinating overview of the 28 manned expeditions in the three US space programs Mercury, Gemini and Apollo – all with the purpose of landing a human on the moon, a collaboration with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington and Universeum. In an informative timeline you can read about how it all went, the problems, the failures and the successes – and not least get to know the astronauts who were there.
50 years have passed since the moon-landing. In Gothenburg Concert Hall and in Western Sweden, this is celebrated from the 14th of September to the 22nd of September with a broad programme for all ages about space’s importance for innovation, inspiration, science, industry, research, environment, sustainability, societal good, culture, art and creativity.