"The Creation of the World" Examines Science and Music January 29

January 17, 2012

ATLANTA¿Music and Science merge as the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA) continues its Emerson Concert Series with ¿The Creation of the World¿ at Emory¿s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m.

The program, made possible in part by a grant from Emory¿s Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE), examines the common elements of discovery and creation in the arts and sciences, beginning with a contrapuntal conversation between two distinguished and famously accessible master teachers, David Lynn of the CCE and Dwight Andrews, professor of music theory. The discussion will start at the very beginning of both subjects¿the origin of life and the origin of music¿from current scientific understanding and theories of chemical and biological origins and current theoretical and physical understanding of the origins of sound and music.

The second half of the program will be performed by the Vega String Quartet, William Ransom of the ECMSA and professor of piano studies, and an all-star cast of Emory faculty and guest artists. It will open with a performance of the Adagio and Fugue from J.S. Bach¿s Sonata in C for Solo Violin, followed by Bela Bartok¿s String Quartet #3 and finally Darius Milhaud¿s ¿The Creation of the World.¿

Explains Lynn, chair of Emory¿s chemistry department and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Chemistry and Biology, ¿The pace of scientific discovery is clearly staggering, and the CCE believes it is the duty of the scientific community to create interesting programming to draw the general public and share with them our changing understanding of evolution and our place in the universe.¿

In order to engage the creative spirit of visual and performing artists, the CCE developed a seed grant program that seeks to find new ways to inform the public with the rapidly changing understanding of the world by creating works of art through collaborations with CCE scientists. ¿The Creation of the World¿ combines the processes of scientific discovery with the evolution of music as a means of finding new and different ways to understand and place in context the scientific advances that are now shaping the future. 

This program is made possible in part with support from the NSF/NASA Center for Chemical Evolution. The Vega Quartet¿s residency at Emory is made possible by a generous grant from the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation.


Center for Chemical Evolution
Funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA, the CCE is a multi-institutional research effort to study the chemical origins of life. The CCE scientists are at the forefront of demonstrating that small molecules present in the early earth and its atmosphere reacted with one another and self assembled to form larger molecules that resemble biology¿s macromolecules. A central mission of the Center is to carry this research beyond the laboratory and into the public; the CCE seeks artists interested in exploring this topic in creative and insightful ways that will help teach the greater community about the origins of life.