New York’s top arts institutions—including Carnegie Hall, the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art—are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing July 20 with a smorgasbord of activities.

Tonight and on July 20, Carnegie Hall will offer a music and multimedia presentation, We Chose to Go to the Moon. This will highlight the incredible risks, excitement and drama in Apollo 11’s tension-filled mission control room, as remembered by participants and witnesses, as well as the anxiety and excitement surrounding the lunar landing, all set against one of the most turbulent decades in American history.

The program will feature performances by Broadway singers Shonica Gooden (Cats, Hamilton), Adam Kantor (The Band’s Visit, Fiddler on the Roof), Elena Shaddow (The Visit, La Cage aux Folles) and David St. Louis (Side Show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), collaborating with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Musical selections will be inspired by America’s race to space, including David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” favorites by Paul Simon and Elton John. The program also will feature recently discovered footage from NASA, including iconic photographs and archival interviews with astronauts and their families. On July 16 only, Mark and Kali Armstrong, Neil’s son and granddaughter, will perform “Flight of Fancy,” a song written by Mark and dedicated to Neil.

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