Madison Symphony’s “The Planets” journey, with university astronomers

Posted on: September 22, 2016

“ ‘It’s not like you could play or listen to a piece of music and understand a black hole,’ says Sebastian Heinz, professor and chair of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Astronomy,” writes Chris Barncard in Tuesday’s (9/20) News (University of Wisconsin–Madison). “ ‘But many things are resonant and harmonious in the universe, and they certainly are in music.’ … The Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will put that idea on the stage Sept. 23-25 at the Overture Center for the Arts…. Thanks in part to donations from astronomy enthusiasts, department faculty and even students, MSO will perform ‘The Planets: An HD Odyssey’—Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets’ alongside images and video captured around our solar system by NASA probes and telescopes…. The video and picture show was commissioned by the Houston Symphony, which performed it first in 2010…. Jim Lattis, director of UW Space Place, and Heinz hosted music director John DeMain and MSO musicians and staff last week for a look at the heavens through the Washburn Observatory telescope … The UW–Madison Department of Astronomy will lend staff and friends to a table in the lobby outside the MSO’s performances to give symphony-goers an idea of other stargazing opportunities.”

Posted September 22, 2016