Kronos Marks UNESCO's Year of Astronomy with "Sun Rings" Premiere in Paris
Kronos Quartet is in Paris to help launch the International Year of Astronomy, organized by UNESCO. The year marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first astronomical observations with a telescope. Opening ceremonies were held this morning, and conference events continue through Friday. In the closing ceremony, Kronos will give the French premiere of Terry Riley's Sun Rings, which features celestial sounds captured by plasma wave receivers and images from NASA's archives.
Kronos Quartet is in Paris to help launch the International Year of Astronomy, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The year marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first astronomical observations with a telescope. Opening ceremonies were held this morning, bringing together scientists, artists, diplomats, and industrialists from over 100 countries to mark the occasion. Conference events continue through Friday evening, culminating in a closing ceremony, in which Kronos will give the French premiere of Terry Riley's Sun Rings in a private performance at UNESCO.
Sun Rings features celestial sounds captured by plasma wave receivers built by physicist Don Gurnett and flown on spacecraft over a period of 40 years. The piece also features visual design by Willie Williams, including images from NASA's archives.
For further details on conference events and other upcoming events related to UNESCO's International Year of Astronomy, visit un.org.
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