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Friday October 17th, 2014

Posted at 10:34pm

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Chris Hadfield performs with the Windsor Symphony

He was the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, operate the Canadarm, and command the International Space Station. And Friday night, he became the first astronaut to perform songs written 330 kilometers above us.

Chris Hadfield, three-time visitor to space since 1995 and author of a new book featuring a photo of Windsor on the cover, performed along with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra to a sold out crowd at the Capitol Theatre.

Hadfield, a life-long musician, first brought along a guitar to space on a Space Shuttle ride in the 90’s, and composed a variety of songs during his most recent trip in 2013.

Of the nine songs performed Friday night, three were previously performed by from the International Space Station: “Is Somebody Singing?” co-written with Ed Robertson of Bare Naked Ladies for Massive Music Monday; and “Big Smoke,” written with Chris’ brother Dave Hadfield, performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. The third song is Hadfield’s own version of “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, the featured song in the first ever music video shot in space.

Six of the nine songs had never before been performed in public.

Hadfield is in Windsor until Sunday and will perform for three more sold out audiences all weekend long.

Chris Hadfield performs with the Windsor Symphony

Hadfield performs with students from Walkerville Collegiate Institute and Glenwood Public School

Chris Hadfield performs with the Windsor Symphony

Chris Hadfield performs with the Windsor Symphony

Chris Hadfield performs with the Windsor Symphony

Chris Hadfield performs with the Windsor Symphony

Chris Hadfield performs with the Windsor Symphony

Hadfield performs O Canada

Chris Hadfield performs with the Windsor Symphony

Chris Hadfield performs with the Windsor Symphony

Chris Hadfield performs with the Windsor Symphony

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