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World Premiere of New Mars Anthem “Rise to Mars”

23 May 2017, 15:39 UTC
World Premiere of New Mars Anthem “Rise to Mars”
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“Monsieur, your song is worth an extra thousand men in battle!” once said a French general of Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle’s ‘La Marseilles’. For those of us pushing for a human future in space, an inspiring tune could motivate millions and convince governments that we need to get to Mars, and we need to get there now!
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a tune!
“Rise to Mars!”, an inspirational melody composed by Mumbai-born opera singer Oscar Dom Victor Castellino, will be performed during the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for September 7-10 at the University of California Irvine. The official world premiere of the anthem will take place at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, United Kingdom on June 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Castellino will be singing it together with the Royal Welsh RepCo Sinfonia.
Thirty-one year old Castellino, a physicist and software programmer turned opera singer, was in his apartment room in Mumbai on an evening in December 2016 ruminating on world events. He decided he needed to act. Music was his tool, and Mars was his inspiration! This gave birth to “Rise to Mars!”, his first composition, and a story ...

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