Tuesday, May 10th at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville, at 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 12th at Second Presbyterian Church, Nashville, at 7:30 PM
Vox Grata will celebrate its TENTH anniversary with its first live performances in over two years. This program will take listeners on a sonic and visual voyage through time, beginning with songs about the night, then moving to dawn and daybreak and returning to dusk and night. The program’s name comes from the text of the concert finale, composer Joan Szymko’s setting of the poem “Belonging” by Alla Bozarth which contains the words “…you have stars in your bones and oceans in blood…you belong to the land and sky of your first cry, you belong to infinity.”
The visuals featured at these concerts will be produced by Emmy-nominated astronomer, experimental photographer, and visual artist José Francisco Salgado. Salgado creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways, provoking curiosity and a sense of wonder about the earth and the universe. Orchestras that have presented these works include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, and the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino. Salgado’s custom videos for “You Belong to Infinity” will include a) time-lapse sequences of the starry night from astronomical observatories in the Atacama Desert, Chile, b) astronomical images taken by ground-based telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope, c) images of our planet from space, and d) scientific visualizations (animations based on scientific data) of stars, star-forming regions in nebulas, and other exotic objects in our galaxy.
The program will be performed twice, first on Tuesday, May 10th at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville, at 7:30 PM and again on Thursday, May 12th at Second Presbyterian Church, Nashville, at 7:30 PM. The concerts will also be live-streamed. The beneficiary for these concerts is From Your Father, a nonprofit that empowers father-absent households to thrive by delivering emergency supplies, financial support, and educational resources.
Support for these concerts is provided, in part, by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.