ORGAN AND SPACE: GAZE UP TO THE HEAVENS
PARTENAIRE DE SAISON
PRESENTATION OF THE CONCERT
ARTISTS AND PROGRAM
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
See the concert in its entirety
See when the international space station connects with thE OSM
“Photo credits: Canadian Space Agency, ESA and NASA”
DISCOVER ARTISTS AND ASTRONAUTS
Canadian Space Agency astronaut 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.
- European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet
Thomas was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. He joined ESA in September 2009 and completed basic training in November 2010. After graduation, he worked as a Eurocom, communicating with astronauts during spaceflights from the mission control centre. He was also in charge of future projects at the European Astronaut Centre, including initiating cooperation with new partners such as China.
To be ready for a space mission, he received further technical and operational training in Europe, Russia and the USA: on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, on the US and Russian spacesuits, and on Space Station systems. He took part in exploration training courses: living and working underground on ESA’s CAVES training course in 2011, and underwater on NASA’s Seatest-2 mission. On 17 March 2014, he was assigned to a long-duration mission on the International Space Station.
Thomas was launched to the International Space Station on 17 November 2016 for his six-month Proxima mission as a flight engineer for Expeditions 50 and 51. His is scheduled to return to Earth in May 2017.
Born in Rouen, France, on 27 February 1978, he graduated from the competitive French “classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles” at the Lycée Pierre Corneille in Rouen, France, in 1998. In 2001, he received a master’s degree from the École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France, majoring in spacecraft design and control. He spent his final year before graduation at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada, as an exchange student on the Aeronautics and Space Master course. Thomas graduated from the Air France flight school in 2006.
French composer Régis Campo was born in Marseille in 1968. He is renowned for his melodic inventiveness, sense of humour, and for the remarkable vitality of tempos that make up his playful and colourful style. His music has been performed by such artists as Felicity Lott, Kent Nagano, Laurent Korcia, Zoltán Kocsis, the Quatuor Parisii, and Bertrand Chamayou. His catalogue of works comprises over two hundred compositions of which many have earned awards, such as the Prix Sacem des jeunes compositeurs (2005), the Prix Georges Bizet from the Institut de France (2005), and more recently the Prix de la Fondation Simone et Cino del Duca (2014). That same year, his second opera Quai Ouest, based on a play by Bernard-Marie Kotès, was premiered to resounding success at the Rhine National Opera during the Festival Musica and subsequently, in its German version, at the National Theatre Nuremburg during the 2014-2015 season. Kent Nagano premiered his Paradis perdu for soprano and orchestra, with coloratura Marie-Eve Munger and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal during that orchestra’s Classical Spree Festival 2015 in Montreal.
Canadian composer Matthew Ricketts is a graduate of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. He studied with Brian Cherney, John Rea, and Chris Paul Harman, and is currently completing his DMA at Columbia University under Fred Lerdahl. His music has been featured at festivals and concerts across North America and in Europe, including venues in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Nebraska, New York, Austin, Aspen, Boston, and Paris. Matthew is the recipient of 8 prizes among the SOCAN Foundation’s Awards for Young Composers, the 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the 2015 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, the 2016 Mivos/Kanter Prize, the 2016 Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music Festival, and the 2016 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize. He is Composer/Collaborator-in-Residence at East Carolina University’s NewMusic Initiative for 2016-2018. In addition to composing, Matthew maintains an avid interest in poetry and prose, and has contributed the original texts of a great many librettos, spoken word works, choral works, and song cycles, including the opera Less Truth More Telling with music by Thierry Tidrow (Den Haag and Amsterdam, 2013) produced by the Dutch National Opera and Royal Conservatory.
ORGANIST-IN-RESIDENCE OF THE OSM
Jean-Willy Kunz is the first Organist-in-Residence of the OSM. In addition to playing both with the Orchestra and in recital, he sees to the development and showcasing of the OSM’s Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique at Maison symphonique of Montreal. A prize-winner at a number of organ competitions, he studied organ at the Lyon Conservatory, at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and then at McGill University, where he earned a doctorate with John Grew. His discography reflects the broad range of his musical influences: traditional music of the Balkans; two masses by Théodore Dubois; 20th century French music for harpsichord, flute and clarinet; Quebec song with Pierre Lapointe. Last April, he won a Juno Award for “Best album of the year – Large ensemble” for the album Symphony and Creations for Organ and Orchestra with the OSM and Olivier Latry (Analekta). In September 2015, Jean-Willy Kunz was appointed organ professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
Avec les États-Unis, la Russie, l’Europe et le Japon, le Canada est partenaire de la Station spatiale internationale (SSI), un laboratoire de recherche orbital. Depuis son lancement en 1998, la Station fait le tour de la Terre 16 fois par jour et parcourt quotidiennement une distance correspondant à un aller-retour entre la Terre et la Lune. La contribution canadienne à la SSI, soit le Système d’entretien mobile (MSS), est un ensemble complexe d’éléments robotiques qui a servi à l’assemblage de la station et qui comprend : le Canadarm2, un bras robotique de 17 mètres de longueur; Dextre, le « robot bricoleur » chargé des travaux d’entretien de routine; et la Base mobile, à la fois une plateforme et un poste d’entreposage.
Six astronautes canadiens ont participé à huit missions à bord de la Station spatiale internationale et plus de 55 expériences scientifiques, technologiques et pédagogiques canadiennes y ont été réalisées depuis 1998.
CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY
Established in 1989, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) coordinates all civil space-related policies and programmes on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Agency conducts its activities through three key business lines: Space Utilization, Space Exploration, and Space Science and Technology. All CSA activities seek to promote the expertise of Canadians and the concerted engagement of academic, industrial, and government institutions to meet the current and future implementation needs of the Canadian Space Programme. Finally, by leveraging international co-operation, the CSA generates world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of humanity.
To find out more: www.asc-csa.gc.ca
EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Along with the United States, Russia, Europe, and Japan, Canada is a partner in the International Space Station (ISS), an orbiting research laboratory. Since its launch in 1998, the Station has circled the globe 16 times a day, covering a distance equivalent a return trip between Earth and the Moon daily. Canada’s contribution to the ISS is the Mobile Servicing System (MSS)—a sophisticated robotics suite that assembled the Station in space. Components of the MSS are: Canadarm2, a 17-metre long robotic arm; Dextre, the Station’s two-armed robotic “handyman”; the Mobile Base, a moveable work platform and storage facility.
Six Canadian astronauts have completed eight missions aboard the Station, as well as conducting more than 55 Canadian experiments in science, technology, and education since 1998.