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the rmsc presents: a multi-sensory, immersive Concert Experience


    In collaboration with fivebyfive, the RMSC presents a one-of-a-kind concert experience with live music and immersive visuals presented on the dome of the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium on January 20 & January 21, 2024.

    Described as “classical turned loose in the toy store,” “top-flight,” and “imaginative,” fivebyfive is an award-winning, artist-led ensemble known for its impeccable musicianship and adventurous spirit that permeates innovative, cross-genre programming and community engagement. fivebyfive has been inspired to connect people in an engaging public event to build awareness and excitement for the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.


    “We’re thrilled to be partnering with fivebyfive for this collaborative concert in January,” said Jim Bader, RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium Director. “Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in newly commissioned works by fivebyfive, while celestial visuals illuminate the Planetarium dome, creating a truly unforgettable atmosphere.”

    fivebyfive will present its eclipse-inspired program Light & Dark: Eclipse Music in Rochester at the Planetarium and other communities within the path of totality. Performances will include newly commissioned works by composers Jessica Meyer, Marc Mellits, Kamala Sankaram, Glenn McClure, and a new arrangement by Julie Herndon. 

    “These concerts will truly be the prelude to the Total Solar Eclipse,” exclaimed Laura Lentz, fivebyfive Artistic Director.  “We can’t wait to share this multi-level concert of brand new eclipse-inspired music with new beautiful images, making for an incredible all-sensory eclipse experience!”

    Tickets are now on sale for this one-of-a-kind concert here. The RMSC is also offering experience gift packages for the holidays including tickets to the Light & Dark concert, admission to the RMSC ROC The Eclipse festival, and RMSC eclipse glasses to use for the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse.