CAASTRO brings astronomy and music together
5 March 2012
Exploring the connections between astronomy and music, Professor Bryan Gaensler, Director of CAASTRO - the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics - will present at a special concert presented by Musica Viva and Canadian chamber orchestra, Tafelmusik, on Saturday 10 March.
The concert on 10 March, to be held in the Recital Hall at Angel Place, Sydney, is part of a series of nine concerts to be held around Australia in a collaboration between CAASTRO and Musica Viva.
"CAASTRO's national network of astronomers is a natural fit to Tafelmusik and Musica Viva's series of concerts in six capital cities around Australia, so we were able to provide astronomers to speak at each of the concerts," said Professor Gaensler.
Professor Gaensler will present on the unexpected sounds of deep space, including the loudest and deepest notes in the Universe.
"I am pleased that CAASTRO can support Musica Viva by providing world-class astronomers to give entertaining and insightful talks related to the music program played by Tafelmusik," said Professor Gaensler.
CAASTRO is the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics and is a national organisation led by the University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Swinburne University, complemented by a group of world class Australian and international partners.
The musical program was devised in 2009 by Tafelmusik, based in Toronto, to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, which marked the 400th anniversary of the first recorded astronomical observations with a telescope by Galileo Galilei.
Carl Vine, Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, said, "The concerts will be a real treat for the audience, combining fascinating astronomy with music reflecting the astronomical theme. The performance uses music, words and images to explore the artistic, cultural and scientific world in which the 17th and 18th century astronomers lived and did their work."
"Canadian actor Shaun Smyth speaks between each piece explaining the many connections between the music and Galileo and astronomy, including snippets from text by Galileo on his astronomical observations," said Mr Vine.
"The musicians in Tafelmusik will actually play without sheet music, having learnt the music by heart. They will also move around on stage, creating a wonderful sense of movement and drama throughout."
Tafelmusik will play astronomy themed songs such as Entrée de Jupiter (Entrance of Jupiter) from Hippolyte et Aricie composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau; Air pour les suivants de Saturne (Air for the followers of Saturn) from Phaeton composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully; and Sinfonia Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How brightly shines the morning star) composed by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Music from Galileo's time will also be played, including a piece by his brother, Michelangelo Galilei, and three pieces composed by Galileo's friend Claudio Monteverdi.
The Galileo Project presented by CAASTRO, Musica Viva and Tafelmusik:
Astronomy presentation by Professor Bryan Gaensler
Date: Saturday 10 March 2012
Location: City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney
Contact: Katynna Gill
Phone: 02 9351 6997