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Robbert Dijkgraaf, Institute for Advanced Study
Tue, Dec 19 2:00 PM (60 min)
In his classic essay, “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge,” Abraham Flexner, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the man who helped bring Albert Einstein to the United States, describes a great paradox of scientific research. The search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs. In short, no quantum mechanics, no computer chips. Robbert Dijkgraaf, the Institute’s current director, explains how Flexner’s defense of the value of “the unobstructed pursuit of useless knowledge” may be even more relevant today than it was in the early twentieth century. Dijkgraaf describes how basic research has led to major transformations in the past century and explains why it is an essential precondition of innovation and the first step in social and cultural change.
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Juho Pohjonen, piano
Thu, Jan 25, 2018 7:30 PM (120 min)
As one of the brightest young instrumental artists to emerge from Finland, Juho Pohjonen has attracted great attention. He is now one of the Nordic country's most intriguing and talented pianists. His interpretations are known for their intensity, thoughtfulness and fearless musical conviction. We are delighted to have Juho back on our stage again.
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Xuefei Yang, guitar
Wed, Feb 28, 2018 7:30 PM (120 min)
She was the first guitarist in China to enter a music school, and became the first to launch an international professional career. Her prodigious talent came to the attention of John Williams who donated two of his own guitars to her conservatorium. Since then, “Fei” has been impressing audiences around the globe with her exquisite sound and powerfully emotional performances of repertoire both old and new. We look forward to hosting Fei in our intimate theatre.
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Benedetti, Elschenbroich, Grynyuk Trio
Fri, Apr 13, 2018 7:30 PM (120 min)
While each has earned acclaim as a leading soloist, violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, and pianist Alexei Grynyuk, have been performing together since they met as young music students in London.
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