RCIS: The Planets, a Musical Odyssey of Evolution, Environment and Exploration (SOLD OUT)

Hart House Orchestra
Sunday, October 29, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

A century ago, Gustav Holst had 7 planets to inspire his composition, The Planets. With Earth, these were the known worlds. Holst evoked the planets’ astrological characteristics, assigned in the distant past by sky watchers trying to make sense of their world.

As Holst looked back, astronomers were busy looking up with telescopes, photography and spectroscopy, collecting data, testing ideas and uncovering the true nature of the planets. In the 1960s, space travel launched a steady stream of metal ambassadors and, with them, virtual human exploration. Then, just over 20 years ago, astronomers spied the first planets orbiting other stars. The known world count has swollen since then into the thousands.

Explore the mystic and the scientific in this unique presentation. Hear the Hart House Orchestra plays excerpts from Holst’s The Planets, and learn about planetary science in 2017 with:

Dr. Matt Russo, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

Matt Russo is an astrophysicist, musician and astro-musician. While studying planet-forming disks as a postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics he developed SYSTEM Sounds, a project which translates the harmony and rhythms of astronomical systems into music and sound. He is currently developing tactile-audio exhibits which aim to make astronomy more accessible to the visually impaired.

Dr. Alan Jackson, Centre for Planetary Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough

Alan Jackson is an astronomer and planetary scientist. Underlying his work is a deep interest in how planets, and the systems they reside in, form and evolve. To study these processes he works to predict the signatures we should see around other stars where planet formation is taking place, and the tell-tale clues that should have been left behind in our own Solar System. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Centre for Planetary Sciences of the University of Toronto

Sara Mazrouei, PhD candidate in planetary geology, University of Toronto

Sara Mazrouei's thesis focuses on the cratering rate on the Moon. She is a science team member on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's Diviner team. Sara received her MSc. from York University, where she studied rocks on asteroid Itokawa using data from the Japanese Hayabusa mission. In between her master's and PhD studies, Sara worked at the European Space Agency, calibrating radio science data from the Venus Express. 

Who can attend: Everyone
Fee: Free
Tickets: Eventbrite
Organized by: The Royal Canadian Institute for Science and Hart House Orchestra
Location: Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3