Saturday, July 19 at 8:30 pm at the Filene Center
Ticket Price: $22-$55
A live presentation of
2001: A Space Odyssey
National Symphony Orchestra
Emil de Cou, conductor
Woodley Ensemble, Frank Albinder, Music Director

The ground-breaking 1968 film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick still retains its allure and mystery. The NSO performs the score live as the enigmatic and compelling film is screened in the house and on the lawn. The film is presented by arrangement with Warner Bros., Southbank Centre London, and the British Film Institute.

Special Events

Join Wolf Trap in celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at a discussion with NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and NSO conductor Emil de Cou at 7 pm on the Associates Deck. Then attend a Pre-Performance Discussion at 7:30 pm on the Associates Deck with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Senior Curator, Dr. Michael J. Neufeld.

Admission to both events is free. Space is limited and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Map of the park grounds.

The adventure continues in cyberspace! Take the #NextGiantLeap to join the discussion on Twitter and follow @Wolf_Trap@ NASA, and @emildecou for live tweets throughout the night about the iconic music and movie. 


  • Stanley Kubrick’s revolutionary film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) follows humanity from its primal beginnings to a haunting expedition through the remote reaches of outer space. The iconic score features the gripping symphonic masterworks of Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II, and György Ligeti.

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Rave Review

“It is difficult to think of another mainstream picture in which music in the classical tradition plays such a dominant role. Whether in the opening sunrise sequence (“Zarathustra”), in the slow ballet of the space station and the Pan Am shuttle (“Blue Danube”), or in the apparitions of the black monolith (always Ligeti), “2001” is less a dramatic narrative than a concerto for film images and orchestra.”—Alex Ross, The New Yorker

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