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The Space Foundation and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic to Explore The Final Frontier

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The Space Foundation and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic to Explore The Final Frontier COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2009) — The Space Foundation continues its partnership with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic by sponsoring an evening of space-themed music, highlighting the talents of southern Colorado’s premier professional symphony orchestra.

On Oct. 17, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Wilson, will perform music from popular space epics, ranging from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Apollo 13” to the Star Wars and Star Trek motion pictures. The Final Frontier concert grew out of a partnership forged during the Space Foundation’s 25th National Space Symposium last spring at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, when the Philharmonic performed for the opening ceremony. The 26th National Space Symposium will be held April 12-15, 2010, at The Broadmoor Hotel.

A group of Colorado Springs School District 11 (D-11) students from the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy and Mitchell High School will be the guests of the Space Foundation for The Final Frontier concert. Student involvement in the concert underscores the Space Foundation’s Space Across the Curriculum approach to education that incorporates space-related lessons and principles across all topic areas, including the arts. Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, which was created through a partnership between the Space Foundation and D-11, uses this concept to build student proficiency in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM). The Swigert Academy is aligned with Mitchell High School, where the Space Foundation has collaborated with the orchestra classes on space-themed music lessons.

“Both music and space have an extraordinary ability to move and inspire people. Putting the two together creates a powerful and emotional experience,” said Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham. “The Space Foundation is proud to give the people of Colorado Springs – especially the students – the opportunity to hear one of the finest professional symphonies in the country performing such an exhilarating program.”

“The Space Foundation is a tremendous resource for Colorado Springs,” said Nathan Newbrough, Colorado Springs Philharmonic president and CEO. “Through their partnership with regional organizations, they make our community a richer place to live. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic has had a close association with the Space Foundation over the years, and we’re so proud to partner with them.”

The concert is at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are available by contacting the Philharmonic at (719) 884-2110.

About the Colorado Springs Philharmonic
Orchestral music has been alive and well in Colorado Springs since 1927. Today, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic serves the Colorado Springs community in 41 concert performances annually for adult and youth audiences. See more at

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is an international, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry – civil, commercial, and national security. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, space-related educational programs, and industry events, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity.” An expert in all aspects of the global space industry, the Space Foundation publishes The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry. The Space Foundation will sponsor the Strategic Space Symposium in Omaha, Neb., Nov. 2-4, and the 26th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 12-15, 2010. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: SpaceFoundation and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.