In Ohio, the Firelands Symphony Orchestra will perform “Stars and Stripes—A Tribute to NASA” on November 9 at Sandusky State Theatre, featuring Carl Topilow leading selections from Apollo 13, The Jetsons, and Star Wars, among others. The concert is a collaboration with the Cleveland/Sandusky-based NASA Glenn Research Center, and veterans of the armed services and active duty personnel with military IDs may attend the concert for free. The Terra Choral Society will join the orchestra for “O Fortuna” from Orff’s Carmina Burana, and astronaut Douglas Wheelock will introduce “Across the Stars” and “The Blue Danube,” which will be presented accompanied by NASA-provided video footage of space exploration. James M. Free, director of the Glenn Research Center, will speak from the stage about the imagery shown during the concert, and NASA will provide displays in the theater lobby and gallery, showcasing research and technology at their Lewis Field camps in Cleveland and Plum Brook station in Sandusky. Art students in the FSO’s “Symphony Stretch” education program will display artwork created in response to music from the program, and English students in the program will show their PowerPoint tribute for veterans, including poetry, biographies, and messages to veterans.

Posted October 31, 2014