Apollo Chamber Players presents Moonstrike
MoonStrike celebrates the Apollo space program and NASA through multicultural new music, dance, and art inspired by American Indian moon legends and Turkish folk music. Emmy-winning Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s MoonStrike headlines the program, a multidisciplinary work for string quartet and narrator that explores American Indian moon legends and narrated by astronaut John Herrington, the first Native American to fly in space.
Chickasaw choreographers Maggie Boyec and Austin Hartell create new choreography for dancers from Kinder HSPVA’s Department of Dance. This performance also highlights the folk and traditional music of Turkey and Anatolia through newly commissioned music by Turkish-born composer Erberk Eryılmaz. Erberk’s “Was her face the moon or sunlight” was composed for Carnegie Mellon University’s MoonArk program, a one-of-its kind initiative to send the first museum to the Moon aboard an Astrobotic lander.
Special guests include Ismail Lumanovski, Roma clarinet; Matthew McClung, percussion; and Shawn Conley, double bass. Apollo Chamber Players are violinists Matthew J. Detrick and Anabel Ramirez Detrick, violist Whitney Bullock, and cellist Matthew Dudzik.