Heritage Planetarium premiers a new style of program for the holidays

The Heritage Planetarium will be offering an animated music show called Holiday Music Magic this holiday season.

“This is our first offering of this type of program,” said Thomas Webber, director of the facility. “Another similar type of show is currently being planned for a summer release.”

Animated music means guests will be surrounded by full-dome artistry choreographed to a selection of holiday favorites. Holiday Music Magic is rated a level 1 out of 5 for visual and audible intensity, so it is appropriate for families.

In previous years the planetarium offered both a holiday laser show and planetarium show. However, because of recent renovations and upgrades there was only enough time to get one program finished for 2007. “The Christmas laser show will be back better than ever for 2008,” Webber said.

He added that there are no plans at this time to bring back the planetarium show on the Star of Bethlehem, saying that recent publications in astronomy and history have created uncertainty and debate over the star’s possible origins.

Holiday Music Magic features music from Mannheim Steamroller and Burl Ives to Brenda Lee and Kurt Bestor. Admission is $5 per person and parking is free. Tickets go on sale one hour before show time.

The Heritage Planetarium is located at 3741 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. For more information call 865-984-8548 or visit www.heritageplanetarium.org.

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