ORGAN AND SPACE: GAZE UP TO THE HEAVENS
David Saint-Jacques, astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency
Jean-Willy Kunz, OSM organist in residence
Presented in collaboration with l’Agence spatiale canadienne
Dvořák, Symphony no. 9 in E minor, op. 95, “From the New World”: “Scherzo” (3rd mov.), trans. for organ
Glass, Mad Rush, version for organ
R. Campo, Harmonices 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
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.
“Photo credits: Canadian Space Agency and NASA”
Grand Preconcert Talks
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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