New York, NY (April 3, 2006)–The premiere of a new show at The Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in Manhattan, Cosmic Collisions, narrated by Robert Redford, took place last month in the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The primary music for the new show was composed by Robert Miller and produced by Jon Silbermann, using a 43-piece orchestra recorded in the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center.
Miller is an award-winning composer of such pieces as the music for the documentary Why We Fight, as well as over 1,200 commercials. Miller is also the composer in residence for the Jupiter Symphony. Silbermann is an Emmy-winning producer who has worked with such artists as Tony Bennett, Eartha Kitt, Cyndi Lauper, BB King, Dr. John, Tom Waits, Bill Withers, Toots Thielemans and Ben E King, as well as written dozens of television scores, including themes for Monday Night Football, Monday Night Baseball, compositions for HBO and Cinemax, and a number of Superbowl shows.
“We selected the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom for this very special project because of the tremendous, unique, very warm sound you get in that space,” commented Silbermann. “It’s probably the best in the city, if not the country.”
“I’m a born and bred New Yorker, been going to the Planetarium since I’m 5 years old,” added Miller, “and I couldn’t think of a better place to record this important symphonic project.”
Manhattan Center Studios’ studio manager, Obie O’Brien, commented, “It was an honor that Robert Miller and Jon Silbermann chose Manhattan Center to record this great piece of music. I’m glad more and more composers and producers are recognizing MCS’s Grand Ballroom as the best room in town to record large orchestral works.”
Cosmic Collisions was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; GOTO, Inc., Tokyo, Japan; the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. Cosmic Collisions was created by the American Museum of Natural History with the major support and partnership of NASA, Science Mission Directorate, Heliophysics Division.
For more information on Cosmic Collisions, and to purchase tickets, go to: www.amnh.org/rose/spaceshow/cosmic.