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Special Event: Northern Tornadoes Project and Western Music

Friday, March 1, 2024
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Music Building (MB)

Kaleidoscope of Creativity: Tornadoes, Oceans and Climate

Experience a Musical Gallery inspired by Western University's Northern Tornadoes Project and other weather and nature-inspired research. Graduate composition students will be collaborating with engineers from NTP and faculty from Music Performance Studies. Marine biologist Paul Mensink contributes with experiential augmented-reality and virtual-reality exhibits. Interactive painting is planned alongside performances of compositions from David Ludwig, Joshua Roman and The Tempo Project's Lucy Jones. 

After the gallery, join us in von Kuster Hall for a concert featuring world premiere performances of musical works inspired by the Northern Tornadoes Project, from Don Wright Faculty of Music graduate composers Emily Hiemstra, Joyce Lee, Neda Samavati, and Ryan Duffy.

Planned performances include: 

  • Viola quartet (Western Music students Ludmilla Kraneck, Miriam Elsawi, Tasman Tantasawat, Zach Guo; violas)
  • Cello and piano duo (faculty members Thomas Wiebe and Angela Park)
  • Saxophone Duo (students Liam Bird, alto; Danielle McAfee, baritone)
  • Faculty trio (Jana Starling, bass clarinet; Aaron Hodgson, trumpet and flugelhorn, Denis Jiron, trombone)

A panel discussion follows with Greg Kopp, ImpactWX Chair in Severe Storms Engineering and NTP lead researcher; seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones who is also the founder of Tempo: Music for Climate Action; and Kevin Mooney from the Don Wright Faculty of Music.

Lastly, the evening culminates with an uplifting performance of Beethoven's Symphony no. 6 “Pastoral” in F major Op. 68 arranged for string sextet (Scott St. John and Yvonne Lam, violins; Annemarie Moorcroft and Sharon Wei, violas; Zachary Mowitz and Mischa Meyer, cellos). 

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