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Observatory goes symphonic

July 28, 2009|Lee Margulies

With a full moon as backdrop, the Griffith Observatory will play host Oct. 4 to an outdoor concert by the 67-piece Symphony in the Glen, the first of what organizers say will be an annual "Cosmic Conjunction" program "to link astronomy and the arts."

Organizers said it will be the first time in the observatory's 74-year history that a full symphony orchestra has performed on the lawn of the famed Griffith Park site.

The program will feature compositions that "reference the sky and cosmos," said E.C. Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory since 1974. It will conclude with the world premiere of "Observations," a piece by Arthur B. Rubinstein, conductor of Symphony in the Glen, with narration by Leonard Nimoy.

The event, running from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with dinner included, is designed as a fundraiser for Friends of the Observatory. Ticket information: www.friendsoftheobservatory.com.

-- Lee Margulies

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