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2018-2019 Season, Masterworks

Film with Orchestra: Moonrise

Mar 16
7:30 PM
Mar 17
3 PM
Century II Concert Hall

featuring Dr. José Francisco Salgado, Astronomer & Visual Artist

BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra
RAVEL Daphnes & Chloe Suites Nos. 1 & 2
with spectacular lunar imagery projected above the Orchestra and perfectly choreographed with the music

What's interesting about these concerts?

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind
The WSO celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with lunar imagery projected above the Orchestra, perfectly choreographed to Ravel’s sublime masterpiece.

Science and Music Combined
After bringing audiences to their feet for two performances of THE PLANETS in 2018, Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado returns with MOONRISE, another Science and Symphony film that seamlessly fuses science and music.

So. Many. Notes.
Between Bartok and Ravel, there are a lot of notes for the Orchestra to play on this concert. Both pieces require a larger-than-life orchestra full of players at the top of their game. The WSO is ready to wow you with this incredible music!

These performances are made possible in part by generous gifts from
Emprise Bank
Dr. Alan and Sharon Fearey
Kurt Friesen & Gwen Neufeld
Textron Aviation
KMUW Wichita Public Radio - Media Sponsor

Hear samples of the music to be performed at this concert

José Francisco Salgado

About José Francisco Salgado, astronomer

José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer (BS in Physics, Univ. of Puerto Rico; PhD in Astronomy, Univ. of Michigan), experimental photographer, visual artist, and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. As the Executive Director and co-founder of KV 265, a non-profit science and arts education organization, Dr. Salgado collaborates with orchestras, composers, and musicians to present films that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe. Learn more about José Francisco Salgado at, and more about KV 265 at

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