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Emil DeCou, space enthusiast and music director of Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. (Photo: courtesy Emil DeCou)

Emil DeCou, space enthusiast and music director of Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. (Photo: courtesy Emil DeCou)

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Emil DeCou: Boldly Go Where No Ballet Has Gone Before

Dave Beck
09/12/2012

Human imagination as the source of scientific innovation is the idea behind an upcoming concert by the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in Seattle. Diverting from its usual mission of tracking orbiting ballerinas, the PNB musicians on this occasion will provide ground support for space shuttle astronauts, NASA flight controllers and such stellar names as Nichelle Nichols, Lieutenant Uhura from "Star Trek."

The concert, this coming Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, is the brainchild of Pacific Northwest Ballet conductor and space enthusiast Emil DeCou.

Emil stopped by the KUOW studios this week and told KUOW's Dave Beck why the musicians are boldly going where no ballet orchestra has gone before.



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