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The Planetarium Project 

When: Thu., Feb. 23 2012
Phone: 216-231-4600
Price: $10
cmnh.org
The impetus behind tonight’s Planetarium Project at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History came nearly two years ago. That’s when Keith Fitch of the Cleveland Institute of Music approached his colleagues at the Cleveland Institute of Art with a suggestion: How about a collaboration between his composition students and the CIA’s young filmmakers — all designed to take advantage of the museum’s state-of-the-art planetarium? “The result is truly wonderful,” says Fitch, CIM’s head of composition. “We’re debuting five original short films on the planetarium’s domed screen. Each one has been made by a CIA student filmmaker, and each is set to an electronic score by one of our young composers.” Fitch says the films range from traditionally narratives to the dreamily abstract, while the scores include everything from hard-driving rock to moody ambient sounds. “There’s really a very wide variety — and because they have all been designed for the 360-degree screen, it has given the students a really unique opportunity.” The five films will be shown tonight at 8:15 and again at 9:15 p.m.; then, they’ll become part of the planetarium’s regular program rotation. Fitch hopes the pieces will also find a national audience as part of upcoming “dome fests,” featuring similar 360-degree films. Admission is $10. Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required at the number below.

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