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Deep Field

The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe. Music, Film & Talk

50 years after the moon landing, Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre presents Deep Field inspired by the world’s most famous space observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and its greatest discovery – the iconic Deep Field image. The new film illuminates the score by combining Hubble’s stunning imagery — including never-seen-before galaxy fly-bys — with bespoke animations to create an immersive, unforgettable journey from planet Earth to the furthest edges of our universe.

The score and film paint the incredible story of the Hubble Deep Field. Turning its gaze to a tiny and seemingly dark area of space (around one 24-millionth of the sky) for an 11-day long period, the Hubble Space Telescope revealed over 3,000 galaxies that had never previously been seen, each one composed of hundreds of billions of stars. 

Plus, enhance your Deep Field experience by joining Eric Whitacre at a VIP Cocktail hour following the film screening which includes book and CD signing and exploration in an inflatable planetarium! 

Deep Field Speakers:
Eric Whitacre LR-1.jpgEric Whitacre Choral Composer, Speaker and conductor  
Eric Whitacre is the most acclaimed choral composer of our time. His music has been performed worldwide, and his groundbreaking Virtual Choirs have united voices from over 120 different countries. A charismatic speaker, Eric has given keynote addresses for global institutions including Apple, Google, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the United Nations Speaker’s Programme and two main stage TED talks.



michelle-thaller.pngDr. Michelle Thaller Astronomer and Scientist, Panelist
Michelle Thaller is an American astronomer and research scientist. Thaller is the assistant director for Science Communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. From 1998 to 2009 she was a staff scientist at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, and later Manager of the Education and Public Outreach program for the Spitzer Space Telescope, at the California Institute of Technology. She is a frequent on-camera contributor to programming on The History Channel and Science Channel.

frank summers head shot.pngDr. Frank Summers- Astrophysicist, Panelist
Frank Summers is an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. His work at STScI presents the findings of the Hubble Space Telescope and developments in general astronomy to the public through news media, websites, educational programs, and exhibits at museums and planetariums. Specializing in research data and supercomputer simulations with animation and rendering techniques, Professor Summers directed, co-wrote, and created the 3-D visualizations for the IMAX short film Hubble: Galaxies Across Space and Time, which won the Large Format Cinema Association's Best Short Film Award in 2004. He was the lead astronomer in developing the exhibits for the opening of the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History.

Deep Field will take place on the same weekend as Bethel Woods' Lunar Weekend, where there will be immersive family-friendly activities, from a star-gazing sleepover, to rocket launching and an inflatable planetarium. Lunar Weekend activities are included in the price of Museum admission.  Purchase your ticket online and in advance to save!

Deep Field is part of the Vibrations series.  Vibrations launches in 2019 with eight unforgettable events bringing together change-makers, artists, and influencers to open conversations, inspire thinking and awaken purpose. Emphasizing the value of the arts and civic engagement, Vibrations brings the legacy of the past into conversation with the movements of today.

All dates, acts, times & ticket prices are subect to change at anytime without notice.

Special 50th anniversary events and activities are supported in part by donors to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and by a grant awarded to Bethel Woods by Empire State Development and New York State's Division of Tourism/I LOVE NY under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.



Whitacre photos c/o Kattoo Hillewaere; Space/Hubble photos c/o Deep Field film

  • May 18 , 2019
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  • 6:00 PM Doors Open
    6:30 PM Event Begins
  • Adult: $20
    Senior & Students: $12
    VIP Add On: $60 (includes post-event cocktail hour*) *Does not include admission
  • 6:00 pm – Doors Open 
    6:30-7:00 pm – Eric Whitacre
    7:00-7:30 pm – Screening of the film Deep Field
    7:30-8:30 pm – Eric, Michelle and Frank share scientific and artistic perspectives. 
    8:30-9:00 pm – Meet and Greet opportunity with Eric, Michelle and Frank with CD signing
    9:00-10:00 pm – VIP cocktail hour, stargazing, inflatable planetarium. (Market Shed)

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