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“Aurora Triptych”, a marvelous blend of high definition science film and music composed by John Estacio

“Aurora Triptych”, a marvelous blend of high definition science film and music composed by John Estacio

August 14, 2019

John Estacio’s “Solaris/Borealis/Wondrous Light” exists now as a triptych called the “Aurora Triptych” and is performed live to a silent film about the northern lights during a “Science and Symphony Concert”, brought to you by the KV265, a non-profit organization whose mission is the communication of science through art.

What is it?

The Science & Symphony project consists of live performances of classical music works accompanied by high-definition science films produced specifically for these music works. By partnering with symphony orchestras, scientific, and educational institutions, this project connects disciplines such as astronomy, photography, music, and storytelling to increase the understanding and appreciation of these uniquely human endeavors, and open them to ever-broader international audiences. To date, these films have reached more than 300,000 people in concert halls and educational institutions spanning more than 50 cities in 15 countries.

The films feature images, animations, and science visualizations from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), as well as historical illustrations. They follow the tempo and tone set by the music, and are intended to be art pieces that aim to inspire audiences and encourage them to learn more about the music and the universe. All performances also include a lecture about the music and science behind the films, and the creative process involved in creating them.

For astronomers, scientists and anyone interested in the magic of the world such as the aurora borealis – this is a marvelous conjunction of film and music.


The next performance of the Aurora Triptych is August 30 with the Singapore Symphony.

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Related Composers: John Estacio