Connecting my dual science-music career path with my interests in public outreach, I created the Cosmos in Concert program as part of my NSF research fellowship. Through multimedia shows, in-school residencies, and public outreach events, this program brings together astronomy and live classical music to entertain and educate audiences.
Clip from Celestial Suite performance at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Northwestern University
Multimedia shows comprise the main component to Cosmos in Concert. While a musical ensemble performs live, scientific videos are projected on-stage in an exciting fusion of sound and imagery. The images and animations are developed from a variety of sources including WorldWide Telescope and NASA imagery. Arranged for ensembles ranging in size from brass quintet to full orchestra, these multimedia shows are perfect for a variety of venues, from the concert hall to the classroom.
Set to the musical work of the same name written by composer James Stephenson, "Celestial Suite" explores the work of five of history's most famous astronomers: Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Hubble, and Hawking. Each of the piece's five movements are accompanied with visualizations that correspond with the particular movement's astronomer-subject. Arranged for both full symphony orchestra and brass quintet.
Celestial Suite: Mvt. V Hawking
Music Institute of Chicago; Evanston, IL February 2017
Carthage College; Kenosha, WI February 2017
Wilmette Public Library; Wilmette, IL August 2017
Adler Planetarium; Chicago, IL October 2017
Northwestern University; Evanston (video) November 2017
Fermi National Laboratory; Chicago, IL March 2018
Rush Hour Concert; Chicago, IL July 2018
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra; Boulder, CO October 2018
Colburn School; Los Angeles (video) April 2022
SOLAR SYSTEM SYMPHONY
Solar System Symphony is a 1-hour educational outreach show combining live classical music with astronomy visualizations and narration. The show features music from Holst’s "The Planets" and other musical works and explores the exciting science of the planets of our solar system. Arranged for full orchestra and brass and percussion ensemble.
Excerpts from Solar System Symphony performed by Colburn Brass Ensemble.
Nettlehorst School; Chicago, IL March 2016
Northwestern University; Evanston, IL May 2016
The Colburn School; Los Angeles, CA November 2016
Niles North High School; Skokie, IL May 2017
A Shout Across Time
On May 15, 2017, Cosmos in Concert and CIERA hosted "A Shout Across Time," a free, public outreach event in Evanston, IL. The event featured the multimedia work "A Shout Across Time" composed by Ira Mowitz and developed at Montana State University as part of the "Celebrating Einstein" project. Also featured on the program was "Eclipse" with animations developed by Kyle Kremer.