MIT make a Limited Number of Tickets Available for the June 11 Boston Pops Concert

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing - 11 June

Buzz Aldrin to Narrate Special Rendition of Gustav Holst's "The Planets" accompanied by Video Montage featuring footage from NASA and European Space Agencies

The MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with a private concert by the Boston Pops, featuring Buzz Aldrin. As part of its celebration of this anniversary, MIT has made a limited number of tickets available to the general public for the performance, which will take place on Thursday, June 11, at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall. Tickets are available for $80 per ticket (maximum six tickets per person) and can only be purchased by visiting Tickets for the June 11 concert are not available at through the BSO’s website, nor are they available at the Symphony Hall Box Office.

For this special concert, MIT alumnus and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin joins Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops to narrate a special rendition of Gustav Holst’s The Planets. The narration will accompany a video suite produced by Dr. José Francisco Salgado, which integrates awe-inspiring NASA and European Space Agency footage with historical illustrations from the Adler Planetarium’s Collection of Works on Paper. The program also features the opening fanfare from Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra (used in the film “2001,” a set of moon-themed selections, and a newly commissioned film, “Eye Turned Skyward,” by Susan Dangel and Dick Bartlett created especially for the occasion and set to ”Flight,” from John Williams’ American Journey.

This evening is the culmination of MIT’s Giant Leaps Symposium honoring the Apollo Program's achievements and exploring how to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists, mathematicians, biologists, politicians, doctors, writers, artists, musicians, and others who have changed the world.

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed their Lunar Module on the moon's Sea of Tranquility, becoming the first two humans to walk on the moon. This unprecedented heroic endeavor was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. Aldrin was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor amongst over 50 other distinguished awards and medals from the United States and numerous other countries. Graduating with honors from West Point, Aldrin also has a doctorate in astronomics from MIT, and the techniques he devised were used on all NASA missions, including the first space docking with the Russian Cosmonauts. During his tenure with NASA, Aldrin logged 290 hours of flying time in space. Since retiring from NASA, the Air Force, and his position as Commander of the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, he has remained at the forefront of efforts to ensure a continued leading role for America in manned space exploration. To advance his lifelong commitment to venturing outward in space, he founded his rocket design company, Starcraft Boosters, Inc., and the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to opening the doors to space tourism for all people. Aldrin and his wife, Lois, live in Los Angeles.

Performance begins at 8 p.m. Programs and artists are subject to change. For current program information, dial 617-CONCERT (266-2378). For further information, please call the BSO at 617-266-1492 or visit


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