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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

LASERIUM Returns to the St. Louis Science Center's James S. McDonnell Planetarium


          For Immediate Release
           April 2, 2013         
           For more information contact:
           Margie Walsh, Saint Louis Science Center,,       
Blast from the Past!
LASERIUM® Returns to the Saint Louis Science Center’s
James S. McDonnell Planetarium
 Limited Engagement Celebrating 50th Anniversary of the Planetarium
It’s a blast from the past!  LASERIUM®, the original cosmic laser show, returns to the Saint Louis Science Center for a limited engagement celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.  “It’s the one thing that I have been asked consistently since I first arrived in Saint Louis over a year ago,” said Bert Vescolani, President and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center.  “Can you bring back the laser shows?  Well, you asked for it: Lights! Music! Planetarium! They’re back!“
LASERIUM first premiered at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in the summer of 1975 and became an instant hit, captivating audiences with a collage of vibrant colors and laser illusions set to an eclectic mix of music. “When you show that on the Planetarium’s 80-foot dome, you’re just blown away,” said John Lakey, Director of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. “LASERIUM was a huge sensation.  Shows sold out all the time.”
One of the first to see LASERIUM at the Planetarium was Brian Wirthlin who became not only a fan but also a student of the art and technology. “I am a ‘laserist’ which means I’m an artist who uses laser technology, “said Wirthlin, who has revived LASERIUM, even digitizing the original analog tapes. The music selection is a mix of classic and rock, from Holst’s Neptune to Pink Floyd’s Echoes.
LASERIUM opens to the general public on April 5, 2013 with two shows at 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM.  Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members.  The laser shows will continue on selected dates through April.
                April 5:  8:30 PM, 10:00 PM
                April 11: 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM
                April 12: 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM, 10:00 PM
                April 18: 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM
                April 19: 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM
                April 25: 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM
                April 26: 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM, 10:00 PM
Join us for a Cosmic Laser Light Concert created by a master Laserist conducting a symphony of vibrant laser lights set to music.  A fantastic explosion of immersive sound and the purest of colors, LASERIUM brings an out-of-this-world experience to the Planetarium.  Experience this “blast from the past” when the world-famous LASERIUM returns to the Saint Louis Science Center.  Please visit or call 314-289-4424 to purchase tickets.    
Thank you for your interest in the Saint Louis Science Center.  We ask that you include the full names of our institution: Saint Louis Science Center, OMNIMAX® Theater, Boeing Hall and James S. McDonnell Planetarium when writing your story.
Saint Louis Science Center
The mission of the Saint Louis Science Center is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning.  It is one of the tope 10 science centers in the United States and top 15 worldwide, serving more than one million visitors annually.  It was recently named one of the “Top 10 Science Centers for Families” by Parents magazine and one of “America’s Most Visited Museums” by Forbes Traveler Magazine and is the only museum in Missouri to be named to either list.  The Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, a state-of-the-art Boeing Hall and James S. McDonnell Planetarium, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013.  For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center, please visit

Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
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