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The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres

by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Canada’s award-winning period-instrument ensemble, performs seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music from memory before a backdrop of high-definition images from the Hubble telescope and others at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, in Penn State’s Schwab Auditorium. The imaginative concert fuses art, science, and culture in a commemoration of Galileo’s first public demonstration of the telescope. Conceived, scripted, and programmed by Tafelmusik double bassist Alison Mackay, The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres features poetic narration, choreography, and music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, and others. “The program was one of the best I’ve seen in years—a celebration of reason and imagination, whether in art, science, or the world of ideas,” wrote a reviewer for the Kansas City Star. While in State College, Tafelmusik artists are also scheduled to interact with Penn State students and community members at a series of complimentary engagement activities. Find details below. Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation are $42 for an adult, $19 for a University Park student, and $32 for a person 18 and younger. A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible. Founded in 1979, Tafelmusik is renowned around the world for its exhilarating and soulful performances. Under the leadership of Jeanne Lamon, chief artistic advisor and former longtime music director, the ensemble has excelled in performing music from the Baroque and classical eras. The orchestra has also gained acclaim for its adventurous cross-cultural reinventions of ancient music. In the words of a Gramophone critic, Tafelmusik is “one of the world’s top Baroque orchestras.”

Date & Time

November 5, 2014


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(814) 863-0255


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