Organ Recitals Series

ORGAN AND SPACE

ORGAN AND SPACE: GAZE UP TO THE HEAVENS

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Maison symphonique de Montréal

Since the dawn of time, humans have turned their gaze up towards the heavens. Understanding the universe around them, from which all life sprung, allowed them to learn more about the planet they call home. Astronaut David Saint-Jacques discusses this perpetual search for knowledge in a recital featuring music by Holst, Glass, Campo and Dvořák, as well as a new work by Matthew Ricketts. Reflections and music come together against a backdrop of images of space and the Earth provided by the International Space Station.

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SATURDAY MAY 6 2017

2:30 PM

Bilingual presentation

David Saint-Jacques, astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency
Jean-Willy Kunz, OSM organist in residence
Presented in collaboration with l’Agence spatiale canadienne

PROGRAM:

Dvořák, Symphony no. 9  in E minor, op. 95, “From the New World”: “Scherzo” (3rd mov.), trans. for organ
GlassMad Rush, version for organ
R. CampoHarmonices Mundi, for eccentric organist, after The Seven Planets of Kepler – world premiere
Matthew Ricketts, Highest Light (OSM commission) – world premiere
Holst, The Planets, op. 32: “Mars, the Bringer of War” (1st mov.), arr. P. Sykes

 

 

David Saint-Jacques - More info

David Saint-Jacques

 

Dr. David Saint-Jacques was selected as an astronaut by the Canadian Space Agency in May 2009. In November 2018, he will launch aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket as its Flight Engineer (co-pilot) for a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. During Expedition 58/59, he will conduct a series of scientific experiments, robotics tasks and technology demonstrations, and may perform spacewalks. In preparation for his mission, he is currently undergoing specialized training in Russia, the United States, Japan, Europe and Canada.

 

Before being assigned to the mission, Dr. Saint-Jacques worked at NASA’s Mission Control Center as capsule communicator (Capcom), meaning the person on the ground who speaks to the International Space Station crew. He also carried out various operations planning and support functions at the Mission Control Center and the Astronaut Office.

 

Dr. Saint-Jacques was born in Quebec City and raised in Saint-Lambert, near Montreal. He is married and has three children. He is a keen sportsman. He is fluent in French and English and has basic knowledge of Spanish, Japanese and Russian. He received a bachelor of engineering physics from École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. He went on to be a postdoctoral fellow in Japan and Hawaii. He then earned his M.D. from Laval University and did his residency in family medicine at McGill University. Prior to joining the Canadian Space Program, Dr. Saint-Jacques was a family physician at Inuulitsivik Health Centre in Puvirnituq, Canada, an Arctic village on Hudson Bay. He was also a clinical lecturer for McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine.

 

For more information, please visit www.asc-csa.gc.ca.

 

 

PHOTOS GALLERY

“Photo credits: Canadian Space Agency and NASA”

Grand Preconcert Talks logo_cheese_ici

Saturday, May 6, 1 p.m.

Host: Matthieu Dugal
Guest: David Saint-Jacques, astronaut
Creativity and Innovation: collaboration with Canadian Space Agency

The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique was generously offered to the OSM by Mrs. Jacqueline Desmarais.

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