MoonStrike celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with new music by Emmy-Winning Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Guggenheim Fellow Jake Heggie, and MoonArk composer Erberk Eryilmaz.The program features the world premiere of Tate’s MoonStrike (20x2020 No. 18), a new commission inspired by Native American moon legends. Commander John Herrington, Chickasaw astronaut and the first member of a Native American tribe to fly in space, joins as narrator and honored guest. We team with Turkish-born composer Erberk Eryilmaz for the world premiere of a work to be launched to the moon on the MoonArk spacecraft in 2012 . And musical saw performer Anita Orne joins us for the Texas premiere of Jake Heggie’s Earthrise, a work inspired by the eponymous iconic photo captured by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders. A newly commissioned fibre art piece by Geoffrey Shilling provides a stunning backdrop to this bold anniversary concert.