We are proud to have been involved in the production of the spectacular symphonic experience ‘Organ and Space: Gaze Up to the Heavens’ at the Montreal Symphony House.
The organ recital presented in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and ESA featured selected works by Holst, Glass, Campo and Ricketts, performed by Jean-Willy Kunz, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) organist in residence.
The organ pieces were accompanied by the Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques, who reflected on how human beings have turned their gaze skyward in a perpetual search for knowledge of the universe around them against a backdrop of images provided by the International Space Station (ISS).
The concert centred around a live in-flight call with European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, currently aboard the ISS. Towards the end of the call, David Saint-Jacques invited Thomas Pesquet to open the recital by playing the introductory melody of a new piece composed by Canadian virtuoso Matthew Ricketts using an iPad and an app called Pianist Pro.
World Wide Pictures’ Chris Courtenay Taylor coordinated the live link up with the ISS– controlled via ESA’s centre at Oberpfaffenhofen and relayed to MSH via a specially commissioned fibre-optic link.
Photo credits: Canadian Space Agency, ESA and NASA.