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Katherine Freese, Nordita
Wed, Mar 2 7:00 PM (90 min)
The ordinary atoms that make up the known universe, from our bodies and the air we breathe to the planets and stars, constitute only 5% of all matter and energy in the cosmos. The remaining 95% is made up of a recipe of 25% dark matter and 70% dark energy, both nonluminous components whose nature remains a mystery. Freese will recount the hunt for dark matter, from the discoveries of visionary scientists like Fritz Zwicky, the Swiss astronomer who coined the term "dark matter" in 1933, to the deluge of data today from underground laboratories, satellites in space, and the Large Hadron Collider. Theorists contend that dark matter consists of fundamental particles known as WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles. Billions of them pass through our bodies every second without us even realizing it, yet their gravitational pull is capable of whirling stars and gas at breakneck speeds around the centers of galaxies, and bending light from distant bright objects. In this talk Freese wil
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David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano
Thu, Mar 10 7:30 PM (120 min)
Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. The talent, energy, imagination, and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavours as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs go unmatched. This husband and wife duo, and co-artistic directors of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln, has forged their musical partnership into an unstoppable entity. Join us and “America’s power couple of chamber music” (The Wall Street Journal) for an unforgettable performance.
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Elina Vähälä, violin with Wendy Chan, Piano
Thu, Apr 21 7:30 PM (120 min)
Since the age of 12, Finnish violin sensation Elina Vähälä has performed on many international stages, winning praise from audiences and musicians alike as ‘a fluent, stylish and gifted musician whose brilliant technique is matched by abundant spirit, sensitivity, and imagination’ (Chicago Tribune). Perimeter is proud to host Elina’s Ontario debut.
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Conducting the Ether
Thu, Jun 2 8:00 PM (120 min)
Omar Daniel, 1997 recipient of the Jules Leger Award for New Chamber Music, is no stranger to the Open Ears Festival or the Penderecki String Quartet. Open Ears welcomes him back with a new work for the Waterloo Region. It is fitting to include a new work from a familiar composer as the closing night in this collaborative venture that includes Quartetfest, Perimeter Institute, NUMUS and Inter Arts Matrix. D Andrew Stewart is also a welcome returning artist to the Open Ears Festival.
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