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Bruce Experiences: Cosmic Crescendos- A Lunchtime Learning Panel on Music, Astronomy, and the Immersive Concert Experience

Friday, April 12, 2024, 12-1:00 pm, Gale and Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., and Pamela and Robert Goergen Auditorium.

Join us for a community conversation moderated by Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science at the Bruce Museum, featuring acclaimed visual artist Adrian M Wyard and Conductor and Music Director of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Malina.

During this program, panelists will delve into the intriguing interplay between music and astronomy, demonstrated in Wyard’s “The Planets Live” an exploration of music and imagery from NASA’s latest explorations. Through the generous support of Bank of America, Bruce Experiences seeks to bridge the gap between the analytical and the imaginative, offering a unique perspective on the shared narratives of these seemingly distinct worlds.

Drawing inspiration from the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra's groundbreaking concert format, slated for April 13 and 14, 2024, attendees will gain exclusive insights into the fusion of sight and sound awaiting them. Featuring breathtaking renditions of Kernis' Musica Celestis, Debussy's Claire de Lune, and Williams' Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Planets Live will be further enhanced by a mesmerizing visual accompaniment to Holst's The Planets, curated by Adrian Wyard. Following the discussion there will be an opportunity for audience Q&A.

This program will take place on April 12, 2024 from 12-1pm in the Gale and Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., and Pamela and Robert Goergen Auditorium.

Tickets: $10 for Non Members/Bruce Museum and GSO members free*

*does not include museum admission

About The Planets Live:

"The Planets Live" offers a groundbreaking visual accompaniment to Gustav Holst's iconic composition. Original animations and NASA media are dynamically synchronized with the live performance, following the conductor's cues in real-time. This unique approach ensures that the visuals authentically capture the essence of each movement, enriching the audience's experience without overshadowing the music. A companion website, “The Planets Online” (, provides additional insights into the composition, its mythological references, and the solar system.

Since its sold-out premiere in 2014 with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, "The Planets Live" has captivated audiences worldwide, from school children in South Dakota to concertgoers in the UK and beyond. Regularly updated with the latest imagery from NASA, the visuals continue to evolve, offering fresh perspectives on Holst's timeless masterpiece.

About our Panelists:

Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science

Dr. Daniel T. Ksepka graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University and earned his PhD at Columbia University in 2007. He taught completed a fellowship at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center before joining the Bruce Museum in 2014. Now serving as Curator of Science at the Bruce, Ksepka also holds Research Associate appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Field Museum of Natural History, as well as an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Connecticut.

At the Bruce Museum, Dr. Ksepka has worked to expand the natural history collections by securing scientifically important and display-worthy specimens including the McDonald Jurassic Fossil Collection, the Robert R. Wiener Mineral Collection, and the Bruce Museum polar bear. He recently oversaw the new permanent natural history exhibition Nature Cycles Shape Our Land and is currently planning the installation of the permanent Robert R. Wiener Mineral Galley and the first rotating science exhibition in the New Bruce, Penguins! Past and Present.

Adrian Wyard

Adrian M Wyard is a Seattle-based visual artist, and former designer & program manager at Microsoft. He has over 20 years experience working in digital media, including computer graphics, photography & videography, as well as software design. Adrian also has a Masters degree in the history of science from Oxford University, and has been a longtime appreciator of classical music.

Wyard is the creator of “The Planets Live!” 'The Planets Live' is a visual accompaniment to The Planets by Gustav Holst. It features spectacular original animations and NASA media that are cued live to follow the conductor, so no click-track is required. The visuals faithfully reflect the spirit of each movement as they evolve bar by bar, making them true accompaniments. This approach allows the imagery to add a new dimension to the experience while Holst’s music retains center stage.

Stuart Malina, Greenwich Symphony

Stuart Malina is a renowned conductor and musician celebrated for his engaging presence and insightful interpretations across a diverse range of musical genres. Currently serving as Music Director of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra for his 2nd season, he has solidified his reputation as a leading figure in the classical music scene.

Malina's illustrious career includes notable positions such as Music Director, Harrisburg Symphony (24 seasons), Principal Guest Conductor of The Florida Orchestra and previous roles as music director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and associate conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, showcasing his versatility and dedication to musical excellence.

As a conductor, Malina has captivated audiences worldwide, making notable debuts at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the St. Louis Symphony. His extensive touring has taken him across the globe, including memorable performances in Russia and China, where he showcased American music to international audiences.

In addition to his conducting prowess, Malina is a talented pianist, composer, and arranger, with credits ranging from solo performances to orchestral compositions. His Tony Award-winning orchestration for the musical "Movin' Out" demonstrates his versatility and innovation.

Malina's contributions to the arts have been widely recognized, earning him prestigious awards such as the Joanne Rogers Award and an honorary doctorate from Lebanon Valley College. With degrees from Harvard University, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, Malina continues to inspire audiences and break down barriers between performers and listeners through his passion for music.

Bruce Experiences is generously sponsored by Bank of America. 

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