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Pale Blue Dot: Our Earth, Our Music

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


This concert features music inspired by the picture from Voyager I, taken in 1990.

From composer David Ludwig on “Pale Blue Dot” (to be performed by Elliot Wilcox, piano):

“Pale Blue Dot” was inspired by the picture that “Voyager I” took of the solar system in 1990. In that photograph, the Earth is barely a half-pixel off in the corner of the frame. Our complex and massive world reduced, as Carl Sagan wrote, to “a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. “I am imagining the lonely journey of the “Voyager”, traveling across an ocean of space and time, until its discovery by other life forms perhaps millions of years from now. In my imaginings, they would experiment on the probe, tapping, banging, and pushing buttons, until it opened up and the Golden Record, with its last recording of the “Cavatina” from Beethoven’s “Op. 130” began to play, warped and distant from the millennia gone by; a last document of us. The aliens would send our message in a bottle back into the sea of stars, to be discovered sometime long after, again.

Kirill Nazarov, piano **

Debra Gilroy, soprano

Lux String Quartet *
Stephanie Skor, violin; Erika Blanco, violin; Kirsti Petraborg, viola; Eric Graf, cello

Elliot Wilcox, piano

*Thursday Musical Debut

** Young Artist Scholarship Winner 2019


February 6
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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MacPhail Center for Music
501 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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