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Physicist Creates Solar System Symphony

Students and the public are invited to witness the intersection of space and live music
  • Virtual tour of solar system set to live orchestral suite, ‘The Planets,’ by Gustav Holst
  • Student’s double major inspired musical performance celebrating the celestial
  • Students and members of the public invited to stargaze after the performance

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Travel the solar system -- from the violent volcanoes of Venus to the many moons of Jupiter and the icy plains of Pluto -- on the notes of a seven movement orchestral suite, “The Planets,” performed by Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music Brass Ensemble. 

“Evening of Brass: Solar System Symphony,” an audio and visual fusion of science and music on stage, will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive on the Evanston campus. Admission for students is $4, and the cost to the general public is $6.

The show is the brainchild of Northwestern alumnus Kyle Kremer, a double major in trumpet performance and astrophysics, who has returned after three years and two prestigious fellowships to earn a Ph.D. from the institution that best suits his multidisciplinary pursuits.

“My life has been a constant battle between my two passions, but with Solar System Symphony, I think I’ve finally found a way to bring my two careers together,” Kremer said. 

Astronomy visualizations will be displayed as the Bienen School of Music Brass Ensemble performs music from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” and other works, bringing new life to the incredible science of our solar system.

The program also includes the world premiere of Bienen lecturer and trombonist Timothy Higgins' Sinfonietta.

After the show (weather permitting), join Northwestern astronomers on the Arts Green South for a view of the night sky through a telescope. All ages welcomed.

Tickets may be purchased via the events webpage.

Learn more about Kyle Kremer at "Trumpeting a Music/Science Combo."