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Celestial Suite

Wednesday, 27 March, 2019 @ 02:00 PM | Cost:free

This program is held in conjunction with Booth Library's spring exhibit, "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Moon and Beyond." For more information on the exhibit and programming series, visit https://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/space, and find Booth Library on Facebook and Twitter.

March 27, 2 p.m., “Celestial Suite,” presented by EIU Faculty Brass Quintet, Booth Library Atrium.

The Celestial Suite reflects upon and comments on the relationship between astronomy and sacred music. It is a piece in five movements, with each movement highlighting one of five astronomers/physicists, and each being represented by a member of the brass quintet:

Copernicus – Trumpet (Dr. Jenny Brown, Assistant Professor of Trumpet)
Galileo – French Horn (Dr. Jessica Pearce, Adjunct Professor of Horn)
Newton – Tuba (Dr. Evan Kelsick, Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium)
Hubble – Trombone (Dr. Will Porter, Instructor of Trombone)
Hawking – Trumpet (Keven Lewis, Invited Guest Artist)

Each movement relates, for the most part, to the sacred music of the individual’s time period in history. For the most part, this collection of individuals is more a look back at the history of space exploration. However, the final movement does leave us pondering the question of how and why we are here, which ends the piece in the present and looking toward the future.

In between each movement, the performer who is about to be featured will introduce their movement by speaking about the astronomer/physicist represented, sacred music of that time, and how this is explored in the music.

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1536 4th Street
Charleston, IL 61920

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