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Mar 21, 2013 – Mar 24, 2013



BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

30 Lafayette Ave




Unless there's some mission in the works or Hollywood's delivering some sci-fi smash, the solar system doesn't really get the attention it deserves. Which could be why the National's Bryce Dessner, composer Nico Muhly, and indie prophet Sufjan Stevens mind-melded for the production of Planetarium. A sonic celebration of the Earth and its celestial brethren, the performance is broken into two parts. For the first half, a string quartet performs the artists' classically informed compositions. Then, the tenor changes as Stevens' voice is added into the mix and each planet is given its air time. The entire musically scientific spectacle transpires under a giant orb with memorizing visuals reflecting the nature of each heavenly body. Tickets are sure to go fast, so get your rockets fired if you want in on this cosmic action.

Mindy Bond, Flavorpill