Combining arts and sciences is getting trendy around Puget Sound these days – witness the Art+Science salons held by the University of Puget Sound at Tacoma Art Museum, the upcoming opera staged at the Pacific Science Center, combined art/science teacher trainings at the Foss Waterway Seaport, and the ‘science of art’ school programs at the Museum of Glass.
This weekend, Pacific Lutheran University adds their contribution with “Cosmosis,” a concert by the university’s wind ensemble and University Singers combining science, images, poetry and a science-based composition by Susan Botti.
“Music is built from scientific components – physics, acoustics… they dialogue naturally,” says Botti. “As a composer, I direct my attention to certain aspects of the world and add imagination and emotion, reflecting back some of what I perceive in the human experience.”
Botti’s a musician whose list of commissions as a composer (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra) is as impressive as her resume as a soprano (the Los Angeles Philharmonic, collaborations with conductor Tan Dun, premières with the BBC Scottish Symphony). The Cleveland native is currently on the composition faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and also teaches at Vassar.
She also performs many of her own compositions, and she’ll do just that on Saturday night. “Cosmosis” sets texts by American poet May Swenson on gravity and the Skylab experiment on Arabella, the first spider to spin a web in space. Read more »