Municipal de Santiago and Giant Magellan Telescope join in an unprecedented activity that will bring the planetarium to the theater


On January 8, 14 and 15, starting at 11 am, the Magellan Giant Telescope Traveling Planetarium (GMT) will be installed in the Main Foyer of the Municipal Theater of Santiago, as part of the functions of the family representation “The king who wanted be a musician”.

An opportunity in which the little ones will be able to live – before the show – a unique immersive experience, learning about astronomy and the secrets of the universe through a journey to the center of the milky way that will allow them to observe the constellations and black holes.

“The King Who Wanted to Be a Musician” is a musical theater show produced by the Pequeño Municipal and whose direction, script and performance are curated by Alonso Torres, coordinator of this program that brings girls and boys closer to the arts that are cultivated in the Municipal Theater of Santiago in an educational and entertaining way. The work deals with the life and work of Alfonso X of Castile, a king who contributed to the world’s culture and heritage, leaving a great astronomical legacy.

It will be presented in the Sala Claudio Arrau at 12:00 and will allow the public to discover medieval music in a journey through the history of Alfonso X of Castile, creator of the famous Cantigas de Santa María, which in this work can be heard together with songs -created especially for this show by Paz Court and Alonso Torres- in the voice of its members, the actress María José Contesse and the instrumentalists Priscilla Valenzuela (violin), Hareff Harcha (lute, mandolin and guitar) and Diego Marabolí (percussion). .

Carmen Gloria Larenas, general director of the Municipal Theater of Santiago, points out that “one of the challenges of the arts in general is to connect with universes that are significant for different reasons, but with which there are crossing possibilities that are enriching for all people, especially everything for the little ones. That’s why this opportunity to connect the show The king who wanted to be a musician with the mysteries of the universe is wonderful. Chile is a reference country in the study of the skies and we are proud to have achieved , as an organization and through our teams, this collaboration that will transform the City of Santiago from within”.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity that makes us very happy, promoting scientific culture and education in a playful and differentiating way, bringing astronomy and the work of observatories such as the GMT directly to the public, who will be able to enrich themselves through the large staging which means theater and planetarium in the same place,” says Oscar Contreras, representative and vice president of the Giant Magellan Telescope.

The Giant Magellan Telescope is a project of the GMTO Corporation, an international consortium of prestigious universities and scientific institutions from five countries, currently under construction at the Las Campanas Observatory in the Atacama region. This telescope will revolutionize humans’ understanding of the unknown, allowing astronomers to see deeper into space with a level of detail never before achieved by any other optical telescope.

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