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From Bach to Einstein and Beyond: A celebration of music and physics

Past event
Free w/RSVP

Friday, April 3, 2015 (PDT) @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Live Music Project

6:00-7:00: Hors d’oeuvres by Ada’s Cafe
7:00-8:30: From Bach to Einstein and Beyond: Prof. Vladimir Chaloupka
8:30-9:30: Cello duets by Terry Cook and Chris Worswick

Join the Live Music Project at Ada’s Books for an interdisciplinary musico-logical evening in celebration of our very first birthday!

Esteemed physicist, organist and UW professor Vladimir Chaloupka will take us on a journey exploring the intimate connections between science, music and society, complete with demonstration. There will be ample time for Q&A, and guests will have an opportunity to preview and offer feedback on his upcoming book. After Chaloupka’s talk, stick around for live music with cellists Terry Cook and Chris Worswick. Expect baroque, tango and a few musical surprises.

Come celebrate with us!

Concert program:

Telemann – Canonic Sonata No. 1 (Vivace, Adagio, Allegro)
Boismortier – Sonata No. 1 for two cellos (Andante-Staccato, Allemanda, Aria, Gavotta)
Kummer – Duet No. 1 for two cellos, Op. 22 (Allegro, Andantino, Allegro Scherzoso)
Masse – Sonata No. 2 for two cellos, Op. 2 (Adagio, Allegro ma non troppo, Aria, Allegro Assai)
Breval – Duo No. 1 for two cellos (Allegro, Rondo)
Zyman – Suite for two cellos (Tranquillo e rubato, Adagio espressivo)
Flores – A la luz del Candil (arr. Thomas-Mifune)
Filiberto – Cuando Llora la Milonga (arr. Thomas-Mifune)
Canaro – Se Ababaron Los Ortarios (arr. Thomas-Mifune)

Vladimir Chaloupka
Vladi Chaloupka was born in what is now the Czech Republic, when it was under Nazi occupation. He grew up in the country subsequently dominated by the Soviet Union. In 1968 he experienced a “shock and awe” invasion, and escaped to Switzerland. There he obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Geneva, and worked as a particle physicist at CERN. In 1975 he moved to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California, and in 1981 he came to the University of Washington. After a career in experimental elementary particle physics, he is now working on merging his life experience with his three passions: science, music and human affairs, into one coherent whole.

At the University of Washington, Dr. Chaloupka is Emeritus Professor of Physics, originally specializing in the Experimental Particle Physics, and lately in the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. For many years, he has also taught Physics of Music for the UW School of Music, and Science and Society for the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. He lives in a cabin on a forest glade 25 miles east of Seattle, where he can play organ at night without disturbing any (human) neighbors.

Terry Cook
Terry Cook began playing the cello at the age of 9 in Worthington, Ohio. She graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied with Crispin Campbell. She continued her musical studies at Northwestern University and then the College of Wooster, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in chemistry and a minor in music. After moving to Seattle for her graduate studies in molecular pharmacology at the University of Washington, she began playing with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO) during its inaugural season. Other groups she has played with in the area include the Octava Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, and various projects with local musicians comprising a variety of genres, and she has performed as a soloist with the Ravenna Strings and the Octava Chamber Orchestra. She plays as much chamber music as she can fit into her schedule, and currently studies with Meg Brennand.

Chris Worswick
Chris Worswick includes among his teachers Richard Aaron, Eva Heinitz and Rajan Krishnaswami, as well as on the piano with Mark Salman. He has performed as Principal Cello in many Seattle area orchestras, including Rainier Symphony, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, Chaspen Chamber Orchestra, and currently with Octava Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed professionally with the Boise Philharmonic and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Worswick has appeared as soloist with the Rain City Symphony, Ravenna String Orchestra, and with Octava Chamber Orchestra. As a freelance musician, Chris performs with the Gigliano Quartet, and is the founding member of Parties d’Elegance, a chamber ensemble dedicated to charitable performance. In 2009 he was very fortunate to perform with indie rock greats Pearl Jam, and then in 2010 to record the single Longing to Belong, with Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam’s lead singer. Chris can also be heard on the album Tattooed by Passion, by jazz artist Matt Jorgensen and his band +451. He has played and recorded with Jim Knapp’s Scrape, an original music ensemble and their latest album Approaching Vyones. Most recently he has been happily performing and recording with Meredith Connie, with whom he can be heard on their latest CD Sol y Sombras. Chris enjoys teaching cello and piano, and is an active accompanist.

A big thanks to our partners for adding extra sparkle to the celebration: Ada’s Technical Books, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Miller Design Studio, Early Music Guild, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO), the Auburn Symphony Orchestra, Music of Remembrance and the Seattle Symphony!

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