Wind orchestra Auletes performs and famous astrophysicist Vincent Icke speaks, taking you on a journey through the cosmos, a great source of inspiration for many composers.
During this evening, student wind orchestra Auletes, conducted by Paul van Gils share the stage together with the famous astrophysicist Professor Vincent Icke in the theme ‘universe’, who will lecture on the many mind boggling insights into the universe that have accumulated the last decades.
The universe has been a great source of inspiration for many composers in the past century. Pieces like ‘Mars’ and ‘Jupiter’ from Gustav Holst and ‘Mercury’ from Jan van der Roost fit exactly in the theme. ‘Sidus’ from Thomas Doss, an extraordinary piece about space travel, will also be performed by Auletes, and what else than a piece by John Williams from E.T. and Star Wars can make this repertoire complete.
All this will result in an evening where science will be connected to classical music, taking you on an exciting journey through the universe.
The following works will be performed:
|- The Planets: Mars, the Bringer of War||Gustav Holst|
|- The Planets: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity||Gustav Holst|
|- John Williams Fantasy, from E.T. and Star Wars||John Williams|
|- Mercury||Jan van der Roost|
|- Sheltering Sky||John Mackey|
|- Sidus||Thomas Doss|
Conductor: Paul van Gils.
A collaboration between ESMG Quadrivium and Studium Generale
The Sound of the Big Bang, Vincent Icke
When we look at the Universe, we are also listening, because what we see with our telescopes is mostly matter in motion. Millions of years of murmuring quiet are punctuated by milliseconds of astonishing violence. The biggest show of all is, of course, the Universe as a whole. Our understanding of these events started a century ago, when it became clear that the Universe must have had a beginning. In the middle of the 20th century it was predicted that the glow of this Big Bang should be observable. At present, we are puzzled by the fact that our Universe is even stranger than we thought: its expansion is accelerating, and about 95 per cent of its contents is ‘dark stuff’. Maybe the sound that the Big Bang made will tell us more about these wonders.
Prof. dr. Vincent Icke is an astrophysicist, artist, designer and writer. Besides being active in pure research, he attempts to make science accessible and understandable for the general public. He is a regular guest on broadcasting programs, such as Nieuwsuur and De Wereld Draait Door. His publications have appeared in leading scientific journals, and in daily and weekly papers. Icke wrote over a dozen books and appeared in several cd-videos. His expertise as an artist boosts the imagery of his presentations.
Supported by UFE (Universiteitsfonds Eindhoven)