Per Aspera, Ad Astra

May 31 at 8:00 PM
$20 General Admission; $15 Students

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2 Arranged for String Trio
Peteris Vasks: Duo for Violin and Cello
Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Adoration of the Earth
Patrick Castillo: New Piece for String Orchestra and Electronics
Henri Dutilleux: Ainsi La Nuit (1973–1976)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Cavatina from String Quartet Op. 130

Plus readings and recordings of sounds from Earth from the Voyager Golden Record

“We cast this message into the cosmos…Of the 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, some—perhaps many—may have inhabited planets and spacefaring civilizations. If one such civilization intercepts Voyager and can understand these recorded contents, here is our message: …We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours…This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe.” —President Jimmy Carter (Message sent aboard Voyager)

Beyond the edges of our universe, somewhere in interstellar space, the Voyager spacecraft continues its journey into the unknown. Its cargo: the Golden Record, a time capsule of music, images, greetings to the universe in fifty-five languages, and records of human life on Earth. With this interstellar playlist as a launch pad, the Birdfoot Festival sets off into the blue beyond by way of music of Bach, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Dutilleux, and the world premier of a new work by Birdfoot’s 2017 Composer-in-Residence Patrick Castillo. From the rumble of thunder to the sound of a kiss—throw in your lot with the other residents of Mother Earth on this journey to the sublime as we contemplate our place in the vastness of the universe. Per aspera, ad astra—Through hardship, to the stars!