Janna Levin, author, astrophysicist
Wed, May 3 7:00 PM (90 min)
Over a billion years ago, two black holes collided. In the final second of their long life together, the black holes banged out a rhythm like mallets on a drum, creating gravitational waves -- waves in the shape of spacetime. Over the billion years since, we evolved and pointed telescopes at the sky, discovered a universe in which we are not central, squabbled, and warred, and have nearly driven ourselves to extinction. One hundred years ago, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves.
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Tue, May 9 7:30 PM (120 min)
Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, pianist Jon Kimura Parker’s brilliant and
versatile career has taken him from Carnegie Hall and Berlin’s Philharmonie to the Beijing Concert Hall and the
Sydney Opera House. This season, Mr. Parker performs as concerto soloist with the New York Philharmonic and
Bramwell Tovey, the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Marin Alsop, The Milwaukee Symphony
with Lawrence Renes, the IRIS Orchestra with Michael Stern, the Naples Philharmonic with Andre Boreyko, and the
Minnesota Orchestra with Gilbert Varga. He tours
Off the Score
with iconic Police drummer Stewart Copeland in the
spring of 2016, and throughout the season gives twenty concerts with the newly formed
violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith.