On December 2, 2020, at the historic residence of the first US President, George Washington, in Mount Vernon, Virginia, a unique concert will take place combining space technologies with the timeless beauty of Frederic Chopin’s music.
After the success of the American premiere of Adam Ustynowicz’s film ‘Chopin. The Space Concert ” at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, viewers of Washington D.C and Virginia will be able to see the new version, intended for a young audience. The outstanding Polish-American pianist Tomasz Robak will play eight works by Chopin illustrated with the most beautiful photos of our planet taken from the panoramic dome of the International Space Station.
Outstanding guests who will come to Mount Vernon and viewers who watch the concert online will be able to see the premiere screening of the new 30-minute version of the film intended for schools. The concert opens with Prelude in A major with the message of George D. Zamka “You are the future!” addressed to young people all over the world.
The creators of the concert want to inspire young people to learn science combined with art through the beauty of the images of the Earth and the sounds of Chopin’s music. The concert in Mount Vernon will initiate a joint Polish-American educational program developing talents and expanding the limits of the imagination of children and youth.
The organizers would also like to recall the contribution of Poles and Americans of Polish origin to the development of astronautics and space research. It is worth mentioning that the lunar rover used by the Apollo 15,16,17 crews was the work of prof. Mieczysław Bekker – a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology. The rocket fuel of the lunar lander was created by Werner Kirchner, an excellent chemist and fighter pilot from Polish squadrons fighting in England during the WWII.
The project is led by support from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the “Inspirational Culture” program. The organizers are the Institute of Music and Dance and the Polish-American Alliance for Innovation Foundation.
Live streaming of the concert will be available at http://www.chopin.space/en/ at 6:40 EST.