Laser concerts to light up museum planetarium

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Travel back to the sights and sounds of immortal musical groups, brought to life in laser light. Laser and planetarium projectors will fill the dome the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Oct. 21-Nov. 3 with choreographed light, allowing the music and images to envelope the audience.

Laser concerts light up. More than a million laser-generated hues and colors poetically express each timeless track.
“We are only able to bring laser concerts to the planetarium once a year, and this time we’re especially excited to have the shows during Halloween and be able to present laser images with a live band,” said Jim Greenhouse, the Museum’s Space Science Director.

For a few select evenings only, songs from the Beatles, U2, Led Zeppelin, and Metallica will be featured in dedicated shows along with compilation productions with tracks from classic rock, pop, and alternative bands.

Two albums of Pink Floyd will be presented in recorded shows, but on one very special night, Dark Side of the Moon will be performed live with the laser by the band Pink Freud, presented in partnership with AMP Concerts as part of the New Mexico Culture Squared initiative.

In the mornings at 11 a.m., two classic mythological stories will be told with laser light animation.  During the first week of the laser’s presentations, the story of Orion the Hunter’s epic battle with Scorpius will be expressed in exciting detail. During the second week, come back to hear the tale of Perseus and Andromeda’s defeat of the sea monster, Cetus.

Finally, each afternoon at 4 p.m., bring the kids after school for the fun, Halloween-themed show, Fright Light. Laser characters, beautiful abstract patterns, and music create a spine-tingling treat. The show features a variety of ghoulish classics, including Thriller by Michael Jackson, Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley, Iron Man by Black Sabbath, and Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters by Weird Al Yankovic.

Fright Light will also be shown at 8 and 9 p.m. during the Spooky Salsa event on Oct. 20 and is included in event admission. The Halloween laser show will be offered at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 along with fun, Halloween activities in front of the museum and in the atrium.

Laser Show Schedule Oct. 21–Nov. 3, 2017:
11 a.m. Astronomy Shows
Oct. 21 – 27 - Legends of the Night Sky: Orion
Oct. 28 – November 3 - Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda
4 p.m. Halloween Shows
Oct. 21 – November 3 - Fright Light (see partial playlist above)
5 p.m. Young Adult Shows
Oct. 24 - iPop (Freak the Freak Out, I Gotta Feelin’, Firework, 10 others)
Oct. 26 - Laser X (Bulls on Parade, Block Rockin’ Beats, Du Hast, 10 others)
Nov. 2 - Electro Pop (Turn Down for What, #Selfie, This is How We Do, 9 others)
Evening Schedules:
Oct. 21   
6 p.m. - Laser Beatles (Twist & Shout, Nowhere Man, Yesterday, 6 others)
7 p.m. - Pink Floyd The Wall
8 p.m. - Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (Recorded Album)
Oct. 22      
6 & 7 p.m. - The Musical Universe: Dark Side of the Moon with live music by Pink Freud (co-presented with AMP Concerts)
Oct. 27        
6 p.m. - Laser Rock (Crazy Train, Juke Box Hero, YYZ, 6 others)
7 p.m. - Metallica (One, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, 6 others)
8 p.m. - Laser Zeppelin (Immigrant Song, Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, 8 others)
Oct. 29      
6 p.m. - Laser Beatles (Twist & Shout, Nowhere Man, Yesterday, 6 others)
7 p.m. - Laser Vinyl: Classic Rock (Back in Black, Bohemian Rhapsody, 8 others)
8 p.m. - Laser U2 (Beautiful Day, Mysterious Ways, Desire, 9 others)
Thursday, November 2
6 p.m. - Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (Recorded Album)
7 p.m. - Pink Floyd The Wall
See complete playlists by clicking on the show posters at avimagineering.com/index.php/laser-shows/            
Laser Show Admission:
Oct. 22 Live Performance: $15 adults; $14 seniors and museum members
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Shows: $6 adults; $5 seniors and museum members; $3 children
5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Shows (except Oct. 22): $6 adults; $5 seniors and museum members (these shows are not recommended for children due to adult lyrics)
Buy two shows in the same evening (for example: Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall) and receive a $1 discount.
Group rates are available for all programs (except Oct. 22) and showings at other times may be possible.  Contact amanda.hauer@state.nm.us or 505-841-2869 for more information.
All proceeds support museum space science programs.
All regularly-scheduled 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. planetarium programs will be preempted by the laser shows listed above Oct. 21 – Nov. 3 along with the 3 p.m. show on Oct. 31.