Mosesian Center Hosts Musical Celebration of Exoplanet Science With Harvard Astrophysicist

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The following announcement was provided by Multiverse Concert Series:

Multiverse Concert Series presents their newest album by composer Dr. David Ibbett, Octave of Light, in an album release tour fusing classical music with EDM and the science of exoplanets.

This project is a musical celebration of exoplanet science created in collaboration with Roy Gould of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Too small to be seen directly, most exoplanets are detected as shadows across their parent star. By analyzing these shadows, David has sonified (light->sound) their spectra into a musical language of molecules and exoplanets.

Multiverse Concert Series presents their newest album by composer Dr. David Ibbett, Octave of Light, in an album release tour fusing classical music with EDM and the science of exoplanets.

WITH GUEST ASTROPHYSICISTS: Natalia Guerrero, University of Florida. Ryan Cloutier, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Over 4,000 exoplanets have been discovered – are any home to life? Composer David Ibbett explores this crucial question in his debut album, Octave of Light, featuring soprano Beth Sterling, violinist Sophie Wang, and the composer on piano/electronics.

This one of a kind project is a musical celebration of exoplanet science, created in collaboration with Roy Gould of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Too small to be seen directly, most exoplanets are detected as shadows across their parent star. By analyzing these shadows, David has sonified (light->sound) their spectra into a musical language of molecules and exoplanets.

Will these chemical combinations be the key to discovering life on another world? Join us for an evening interweaving music, live lectures and shared discovery.

Multiverse Concert Series Presents:
The Octave of Light Album Release Tour
November 18th, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Mosesian Arts Center, Watertown, MA

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Click here to visit the Multiverse Concert Series website and sample music.

Biographies

David Ibbett, Ph.D. is a composer, educator, and musical advocate for science. Based in Boston, he directs the Multiverse Concert Series, a project that combines music and science in live performance. Ibbett is the first Guest Composer at Fermilab, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. He composes electrosymphonic music: a fusion of classical and electronic styles that interweaves influences from songs, symphonies, pop, rock, and electronica. Musical strands are met with inspiration from the work of scientists: sonified data, musical metaphors for scientific concepts, and experimental sound and images from contemporary research. In all projects, he seeks a deep collaboration with musicians, scientists, artists, and performers. Recent works include Cellular Dance [2019] a ballet on a theme of cell movement with biologist Alexey Veraksa of UMass Boston, Dendritic [2019] a 360° video sonification with Dr. Irmgard Bischofberger of the MIT Fluids Lab.

An active performer and voice teacher in the Boston area, soprano Beth Sterling is known for her clear, warm, and inviting tone; attention to musical detail; and commitment to style and expression. A dedicated singer from a young age, Beth initially gravitated towards musical theatre and jazz styles before completing her degrees in classical Voice Performance—a Bachelor’s from Baldwin Wallace University, and Master’s from Longy School of Music. Since settling in the Boston area, Beth has enjoyed reconnecting with her initial musical inspirations through crossover styles in addition to classical singing. Beth has most recently performed with organizations such as the Multiverse Concert Series, Quorum Boston, MIT’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Emerald City Opera (now Opera Steamboat), Longwood Opera, and OperaWorks. She currently maintains teaching studios at Tufts University Community Music and her private studio.

Chinese-American violinist Sophie Wang has performed in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and soloed with the South Carolina Philharmonic and Schwob School of Music Philharmonic. She is currently senior assistant concertmaster of the South Carolina Philharmonic and has won top prizes in the Beijing International Music Festival, New York International Artists, and American Protégé International competitions. An avid chamber musician, Sophie has collaborated with notable artists Roberto Diaz, Wendy Warner, and Charles Wetherbee at Tanglewood Music Center, IMS Prussia Cove, Taos School of Music, and Sarasota Music Festival. She has also worked closely with the Borromeo, Shanghai, and Brentano Quartets and was invited to guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society in 2020. Sophie currently studies with Malcolm Lowe. Past teachers include Don Weilerstein at New England Conservatory and Sergiu Schwartz at Schwob School of Music. She plays on a 1738 Testore violin on generous loan from The Colburn Collection. Outside of music, Sophie is an aspiring mixologist and enjoys cuddling with her cat, Calypso.

Roy Gould works in the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. At the Center for Astrophysics, he has worked on collaborations with science museums and other institutions to capture the power of shared information, on projects such as the MicroObservatory, a network of five automated telescopes that can be controlled over the Internet. Before this, Gould spent 10 years at the Boston Museum of Science, working as a senior exhibition planner. He’s also been a producer on Nova, for WGBH in Boston. Gould has previously appeared as a TedTalk speaker for “A preview of the WorldWide Telescope” in 2008 and published Universe in Creation: A New Understanding of the Big Bang and the Emergence of Life in 2018.

About Mosesian Center for the Arts

The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a vibrant multi-disciplinary arts organization in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square foot arts center, located within a former United States Army arsenal, houses a 340-seat main stage theater, a 100-seat black box theater, exhibition galleries, classrooms, a rehearsal hall, and resident artist studios. MCA is located six miles from downtown Boston, borders the Charles River and the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, and is easily accessible from surrounding suburbs. Programming includes performing and visual arts classes and workshops for all ages, literary and art discussions, gallery exhibitions, and professional theatrical and musical performances. Watertown Children’s Theatre is MCA’s flagship performing arts education program, providing exceptional theater arts classes and performances for youth and families. The venue is host to celebrated and cutting-edge performing arts companies in the Greater Boston region, such as resident company New Repertory Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre, and Boston Midsummer Opera.

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