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‘Cosmic Christmas’ Now at Glendale Planetarium on Sundays Through Dec. 19


The Glendale Planetarium is presenting Eban Schletter’s “Cosmic Christmas,” on Sundays through December 19 with shows at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The  yuletide odyssey plays out in the high tech full dome theater, features a live Theremin performance (the instrument used in the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations”), state-of-the-art SkySkan star fields and real-time animation performed by J-Walt, creator of the critically acclaimed “Spontaneous Fantasia.”

Cosmic Christmas” began as an off-center concept album by composer/songwriter Schletter, best known for his film and TV work (SpongeBob SquarePants, Mr. Show with Bob & David, and more).  Released in November of 2009, the admittedly bizarre Theremin-infused album finds an artificial intelligence aboard a military satellite which, lost in space, drifts into a waft of Christmas Spirit.

The release was called  “one of the most unique Christmas albums in years” by Synthtopia Magazine and “a holiday space opera for the ages” by  The record also appeared on New York Times and Los Angeles Times holiday music recommendations as well as the Metromix “Top 10 weirdest Christmas records of all time” list.

Thee was a test run of of the show at the Glendale Planetarium last year and now, the program will be featured twice daily on Sundays for the next few weeks. “Cosmic Christmas” features Schletter on Theremin and Alexander Burke on Vibraphone, as well as live animation by J-Walt and full dome visual renderings of tracks from the album.

Check out a version of “We Three Kings” from the Cosmic Christmas album.


The Glendale Planetarium is located at 1500 North Verdugo Rd. Glendale, CA 91208. For more information visit the Planeterium website.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $5.00 for children.