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Pops Concert: Get Lost in Space

March 25, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Beam aboard the USS Fort Collins Symphony (FCS) for a rousing intergalactic experience with a full-spectrum orchestral performance of music from your favorite Sci-Fi films and television shows, including selections from the X-Files, Star Trek, Lost in Space, Aliens, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Jetsons, Avatar, AstroBoy, E.T., and Guardians of the Galaxy.

The concert will be conducted by Maestro Wes Kenney and narrated by Fort Collins native Dr. Erin Macdonald (Ph.D. Astrophysics) who is the science consultant for the CBS Star Trek franchise. Dr. Macdonald will discuss “The Influences of Science Fiction on Popular Culture” at a pre-concert talk at 5:30 p.m.

FoCo ComicCon will join the fun and cosplay is encouraged! Note: no cosplay weapons will be allowed.

At Timberline Church
2908 S. Timberline Rd.
Fort Collins, CO 80525

FCS Get Lost in Space with Dr Erin Macdonald, wide image

Tickets are available at the link below until noon on Friday.
After that, tickets will be available at the door.

Pre-Concert Events

1. Film: Arrival (PG-13)

Presented by the Lyric Cinema’s Cult Movie Night and the Fort Collins Symphony
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

6:00-6:30 PM – Pre-film Q&A with Dr. Erin Macdonald
6:30-8:30 PM – Film: Arrival (PG-13)
8:30 PM – Mix & mingle in the lobby

Tickets: $10 at https://lyriccinema.com/#/movie/6882
Location: The Lyric Cinema, 1209 N. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80524

2. Lecture: “From Tachyons to Warp Drives: Physics in Star Trek”

Presented by the FC Museum of Discovery and the Fort Collins Symphony
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM – Lecture by Dr. Erin Macdonald
Tickets: FREE  Note: By reservation only; limited seating. https://fcmod.org/
Location: The Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80524

3. Lecture: “The Influence of Science on Pop Culture.”

Fort Collins Symphony Pops Concert: Get Lost in Space (suitable for all ages)
Presented by the Fort Collins Symphony and FoCo Comic Con
Date: Friday, March 25, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM – Pre-concert Talk: “The Influence of Science on Pop Culture” with Guest Narrator: Dr. Erin Macdonald
Tickets: Included with ticket to the Get Lost in Space! concert
Location: Timberline Church Main Auditorium, 2908 S. Timberline Rd. Fort Collins, CO 80525

Featuring Dr. Erin Macdonald:

Dr Erin Macdonald

Dr. Erin Macdonald, an astrophysicist, aerospace engineer, and science fiction consultant (yes, she really is a rocket scientist), hails from Fort Collins. Her academic research background is in gravitational waves and general relativity. She is an internationally recognized space science expert, writer, speaker, and consultant.

Macdonald received dual undergraduate degrees cum laude in Physics with Astrophysics and Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) where she was a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific collaboration to detect gravitational waves from the Crab Pulsar. She also did post-doctoral work at Cardiff University, still with LIGO, where she was the first female researcher in her department.

After leaving the research field in 2014, Macdonald continued to teach at local community colleges, science museums, and popular science fiction conventions. Life took her to Los Angeles where she began speaking at official Star Trek events and working as a science consultant for the entertainment industry. In 2019 she was hired as the official science consultant for the ever-expanding STAR TREK franchise. Currently, she is working on all shows from concept development through post-production.

She discovered a skill and passion for writing as well as consulting and currently has multiple projects in development. In 2019 she wrote and narrated an Audible Original series produced by The Great Courses on “The Science of Sci-Fi” which reached the Audible Non-Fiction Top 10 bestseller list in March 2020. When not writing and consulting, Macdonald can be found streaming games on her partnered Twitch channel, teaching on YouTube, or relaxing in front of the television with a gin rickey or single malt whisky.

Learn More about Dr. Erin Macdonald at ErinPMacdonald.com.

Dr. Erin explains Warp Drives in Star Trek:

Interview with Dr. Erin on the FCS Podcast:

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Listen on Spotify
Listen on Google Podcasts

Tickets are available at the link below until noon on Friday.
After that, tickets will be available at the door.


Concert Sponsors:

Audiology Group of Northern Colorado
Marilyn Cockburn
Mark Goldrich and Gwen Hatchette
Dr. Kenneth and Paisley Pettine
Rotary Club of Fort Collins
Timberline Church
The Regional

Season Sponsors:

Dr. David and Alison Dennis

Dr. Ed Siegel

Dr. Peter Springberg and Janet Kowall

City of Fort Collins Fort Fund Logo
The Lyric Cinema
Colorado Creative Industires
National Endowment for the Arts - wide


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Tickets are available at the link below until noon on Friday.
After that, tickets will be available at the door.

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