In September 2018, your Tucson Symphony Orchestra performed Johann Strauss’s “The Blue Danube” Waltz in honor of the 50th anniversary of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was a special surprise to our audience as it was performed as an encore on a program featuring another important piece of music from the same movie: Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathrustra. Since it was not mentioned in our program notes, you may not even know you missed it!
Today is SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch of Crew Dragon with NASA astronauts on board! It will be the first space launch since 2011. We invite you to listen to your symphony play “The Blue Danube” while watching the take off today at 12:22 p.m. PDT, weather permitting.