Philharmonic to perform at Space Symposium 2012

The Space Foundation’s 28th annual National Space Symposium will open with a local salute to astrology and astronomy.

For only the second time in nearly three decades, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform at the opening ceremony April 16, 2012. The group will perform Mars, the Bringer of War from The Planets Op. 32 by Gustav Holst for more than 9,000 people gathered at the Broadmoor hotel.

The Space Symposium is scheduled for April 16-19 and brings together all sectors of the space industry to highlight annual accomplishments and address concerns facing the global space community.

The Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation has a website for early-bird registrations, exhibits and other information.

Mars, the Bringer of War is a depiction of the god of war and his minions. John Williams borrowed extensively from this work for the Star Wars franchise.

The opening ceremony kicks off the symposium and includes awards presentations for technology in education, public outreach, space achievement and space exploration.

The symposium isn’t open to the general public, but the Philharmonic will perform a public concert called The Planets. The orchestra will perform The Planets in its entirety and the concert is sponsored in part by the Space Foundation.

Co-sponsors for the 28th annual event include Ball Aerospace, Analytical Graphics, Blue Ridge networks, Maui Economic Development Board, Moog, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Raytheon, SES Government Solutions, Aviation Week and Space News.