FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2018
Mary Ann Hatchitt
(Albuquerque, NM) - Travel back to the sights and sounds of immortal musical groups, brought to life in laser light! Laser and planetarium projectors will fill the dome with choreographed light, allowing the music and images to envelope the audience. More than a million laser-generated hues and colors poetically express each timeless track. Laser concerts will light up the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Planetarium December 14 - 21.
“We are only able to bring laser concerts to the planetarium once a year, and this time we’re especially excited to have the shows during the holidays and be able to present laser images with a live band,” said Jim Greenhouse, the Museum’s Space Science Director.
For a few select evenings only, songs from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Rush will be featured in dedicated shows along with compilation productions with tracks from classic rock, pop, and alternative bands. Two albums of Pink Floyd will be presented in recorded shows on December 21, but on the very special evening of December 15, Dark Side of the Moon will be performed live with the laser by the band Pink Freud. This group of veteran musicians performs the classic rock of Pink Floyd, the way it was meant to be heard, live, and with power: http://pinkfreudusa.com
Two classic mythological stories will be told with laser light animation each day. At 11 a.m., the story of Orion the Hunter’s epic battle with Scorpius will be expressed in exciting detail. At 3 p.m., come back to hear the tale of Perseus and Andromeda’s defeat of the sea monster, Cetus.
Finally, each day at 4 p.m., bring the kids after school for the fun, holiday-themed show, Laser Holidays 2. Laser characters, beautiful abstract patterns, and music create a joyous treat. The show features a variety of classics, including Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Feliz Navidad, and 13 others. A somewhat different program, which is the original Laser Holidays show, will kick off a special laser family night at 6 p.m. on December 14 and features Jingle Bell Rock, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, All I Want for Christmas is You, and 12 others.
Laser Show Schedule December 14 - 21, 2018:
11 a.m. - Legends of the Night Sky: Orion 3 p.m. - Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda
4 p.m. - Holiday Lasers 2 (see partial playlist above)
Friday, December 14 (family night)
6 p.m. - Holiday Lasers (see partial playlist above)
7 p.m. - Laser Spirit (Carry on Wayward son, God Bless the USA, medleys of Beatles and patriotic songs, 8 others)
8 p.m. - Laser Tribute (Purple Haze, Bohemian Rhapsody, Jailhouse Rock, 8 others)
Saturday, December 15
6:30 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. - Dark Side of the Moon with live music by Pink Freud
Sunday, December 16
6 p.m. - Laser Rock (Crazy Train, Juke Box Hero, YYZ, 6 others) 7 p.m. - Laser Zeppelin (Immigrant Song, Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, 8 others) 8 p.m. - Rush 2112 (Recorded Album)
Friday, December 21
6 p.m. - Laser Beatles (Twist & Shout, Nowhere Man, Yesterday, 6 others)
7 p.m. - Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (Recorded Album) 8 p.m. - Pink Floyd The Wall (Recorded Album)
See complete playlists by clicking on the show posters on this site: http://www.avimagineering.com/index.php/laser-shows
Buy advanced tickets for all evening shows by visiting the museum’s December events calendar and clicking on the concerts: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/calendar/month/2018-12
Laser Show Admission:
All proceeds support museum space science programs.
All regularly-scheduled 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. planetarium programs will be preempted by the laser shows listed above December 14 - 21.
94 Rock has generously agreed to provide media support for this year’s laser concerts.
About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org. Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits, and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibitions, programs and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year’s day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800. Events, news releases and images about activities at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org.