August 2 – August 16

August features an “Out of this World” festival that explores the nexus between art and cosmos.  The Festival takes off with the Orchestra’s performance of The Planets — An HD Odyssey — combining spectacular NASA space footage with Holst’s musical imagining of the cosmos – and continues on its path with Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert. Throughout this new “festival within a festival,” audiences will be invited to star gaze through telescopes around the reflecting pool, take part in a new speaker series led by thought-provoking writers and scientists, experience virtual reality space expeditions and enjoy a special chamber concert for children that explores the harmony and interplay between Einstein’s ideas and Mozart’s music.


August 2 - NEW! Speakers @ SPAC: eARTh from Space, A lecture with astronaut Nicole Stott
August 3 - The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Planets – An HD Odyssey
August 8 - Meet the Music: Albert and Wolfgang with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
August 9 - NEW! Speakers @ SPAC: Earth and Other Worlds, a conversation with Dava Sobel and Diane Ackerman
August 11 - The Philadelphia Orchestra, Star Wars: A New Hope™ in Concert
August 16 - NEW! Speakers @ SPAC: The Jazz of Physics, a lecture with Stephon Alexander


*Admission to the pre-show festivals on August 3rd and August 11th is included with the purchase of a performance ticket for the August 3rd and August 11th performances of The Philadelphia Orchestra