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Experience the cosmos as we weave the iconic Fifth Symphony by Beethoven, launched into space by NASA, with the celestial inspiration of Williams’ Serenade to Music. These two timeless works harmonize with a world premiere performance of A Dream of Artemis, composed by Fabien Waksman. Inspired by the NASA’s Artemis initiative, the next frontier in space exploration, the piece was specially written for our guest artists, the French saxophone quartet Quatuor Ellipsos. Let these extraordinary compositions elevate your senses in a performance that bridges the wonders of the universe with the innovative artistry of today!

Ellipsos Quartet
Chorllennium of Southwest Michigan

Adult – $40 Zone A | $24 Zone B
Youth* – $20 Zone A | $12 Zone B
Processing fees included in price.
*Youth – ages 6-17 years

Eligible Discounts
Child | 4UR Schools | Senior | Group

SAT. OCTOBER 26, 2024

6:00 PM – Doors open
6:30 PM – FREE Pre-Concert Conversation with Maestro Aubin (30 min)
7:30 PM – Concert (90 min)

Program Schedule

Serenade to Music is an orchestral concert work completed in 1938 by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, written as a tribute to conductor Sir Henry Wood. It features an orchestra and 16 vocal soloists, with lyrics adapted from the discussion about music and the music of the spheres from Act V, Scene I from the play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Vaughan Williams later arranged the piece into versions for chorus and orchestra and solo violin and orchestra.

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Fabien Waksman is one of the most important French composers of his generation. Very quickly he was sought after by great conductors and important institutions: driven by his admiration for Debussy and Stravinsky, he was particularly noted for his talents as an orchestrator. Passionate about cosmology, Fabien Waksman collaborates with the astrophysicist Jean-Philippe Uzan. Together they created Le Baiser de la mort in 2016, a piano quintet, inspired by the discovery of gravitational waves. They are currently working on a cycle of melodies for soprano and prepared piano, the Hawking Songs, thus paying tribute to the important discoveries of Stephen Hawking on the black holes. Keen on new sounds and musical horizons, 

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The Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, also known as the Fate Symphony , is a symphony composed by Ludwig van Beethoven between 1804 and 1808. It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most frequently played symphonies, widely considered one of the cornerstones of western music. First performed in Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in 1808, the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterward. E. T. A. Hoffmann described the symphony as “one of the most important works of the time”.

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