Nouveau Papillon

Musical partnership with Nouveau Papillon

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The MCC Planetarium is proud to partner with local musical group Nouveau Papillon for two different live performances under the dome!

The concerts for March 20 and 21 have been cancelled due to the ongoing health emergency.
Everyone stay safe and healthy!

VisionSphere

Prepare to embark on a dynamic journey of striking visualizations accompanied by live, New Age instrumental music from Nouveau Papillon.

Nouveau Papillon - Visionsphere VisionSphere’s portals will transport you through eleven immersive voyages: you’ll witness angels gliding through the heavens, experience a panoramic exploration of deep caves, gaze upon fractal art and steampunk images, then enter the mystical realm of the wolf and other wildlife and nature indigenous to Arizona.

As each experience concludes, a porthole will appear to guide you to the next destination; as a new song begins, the visuals align with the spirit of the music being performed.

This innovative experience is presented by international recording artists, Nouveau Papillon, whose live performance in the planetarium will include music from their current and upcoming albums.

Mark Bensette Aux Bois, on electric harp and 6 & 12-string acoustic/electric guitars, and Hildi Thelen, on Native American-style flutes, create a unique presentation as the music is synchronized with the visual images on the dome.

Also adding to the ambiance, the perimeter of the dome has changing hues in accord with each selection.

Concert dates for Spring 2020 are January 17, February 21, and March 21. All shows begin at 7pm. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Tickets are $20, including a free digital download of Nouveau Papillon's album "Enchantment Blooms". Please request a download card as you arrive at the planetarium.

Half of ticket proceeds support the MCC Planetarium.

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Tranquil Soundscapes

Thunder of Silence - Tranquil Soundscapes is a unique 50-minute uninterrupted performance presented by Nouveau Papillon.

Thunder of Silence - Tranquil SoundscapesLet your mind and body be taken to a state of tranquility and well-being. Immerse yourself in the heavenly strings of electric harp performed by Mark Bensette Aux Bois and guitar and the melodic percussion with steel handpans and haunting Native American-style flutes performed by Saggio. This is the medicine of music: performance art reborn as sound immersion.

Sit back and prepare to embark on a serene musical journey. Our intention is to invite each listener to discover their own distinctive enlightenment within this musical experience.
Born from our own inner sonic meditations, the music - although similar - is never quite the same each time. Therefore, one can discover new pathways along each journey. We truly believe the power of this soothing music will provide a sense of ease throughout the mind, body and soul.

Concert dates for Spring 2020 are January 18, and March 20. All shows begin at 7pm. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Tickets are $20, including a free digital download of Thunder of Silence's album "Tree of Life". Please request a download card as you arrive at the planetarium.

Half of ticket proceeds support the MCC Planetarium.

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