Breaking Barriers Festival

Breaking Barriers Festival

Event Schedule

Wednesday, July 24 – Saturday, July 27

Breaking Barriers 2024 Lead Sponsor: In Honor of Sandra K. Crown

Composer Events Partner: New Music USA

Day 1 • Wednesday, July 24

“An Earthling’s Guide to The Moons Symphony

6:00 p.m. at Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics, Northwestern University

Explore the fascinating worlds of the outer Solar System through music and science with The Moons Symphony composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg, several of the astronauts and scientists who helped shape the stories of the symphony and the LUNAR program, and Ravinia Chief Conductor Marin Alsop, who led the work’s acclaimed recording with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2022.

Details
Moderator:
Mat Kaplan, Space science communicator, The Planetary Society
Speakers:
Dr. Ashley Davies, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Principal Scientist and volcanologist Prof. Michele Dougherty, Principal Investigator, European Space Agency’s JUICE mission; Imperial College London Dr. Thomas Spilker, Space flight architect, planetary scientist, veteran of Voyager, Cassini, Genesis, and ESA Rosetta Nicole Stott, NASA Astronaut; Artist and Founding Director, Space for Art Foundation Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle, Principal Investigator, Dragonfly mission; Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Amanda Lee Falkenberg, The Moons Symphony composer; Creator of LUNAR (Learning Under New Artistic Regimes) Marin Alsop, Ravinia Chief Conductor
Panel Collaborator: CIERA, Northwestern University
Sponsor: SPONSOR

This day’s event is not hosted at Ravinia. Attendance is free, but separate RSVP requested, as capacity is limited.
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Day 2 • Friday, July 26

“Women Leaders in Music and Space” Panel and Dinner

4:30 – 7:15 p.m. in the Tree Top Lounge

DESCRIPTION

Details
Moderator:
Michelle Larson, PhD, President & CEO, Adler Planetarium
Speakers:
Marin Alsop, Ravinia Chief Conductor Vicky Kalogera, PhD, D.I. Linzer Distinguished University Professor in Physics and Astronomy; CIERA Director, Northwestern University Amanda Lee Falkenberg, The Moons Symphony composer; Creator of LUNAR (Learning Under New Artistic Regimes)
Panel Collaborator: The Chicago Network
Sponsor: SPONSOR

Observe Our Solar System Through Telescopes

All evening on the North Lawn (open to all concertgoers)
Details

Join members of the Naperville Astronomical Association as they share views of the planets, moons, and cosmos beyond our Earth with portable telescopes.

Activity Collaborator: Naperville Astronomical Association
Sponsor: SPONSOR

Performance: The Planets and The Moons Symphony

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Pavilion

Ravinia Chief Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and singers from the Apollo Chorus of Chicago in the universally beloved suite The Planets by Gustav Holst, whose music has influenced countless composers for screen, stage, and concert hall.

From those seven astrological figures, composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg shifts the eye and the ear to seven awe-inspiring satellites in our solar system through The Moons Symphony, performed by Alsop and the CSO with stunning visual sequences on-screen on the Pavilion. Insights from planetary scientists and humankind’s explorations of our cosmos are woven into the musical stories of each moon, from tumultuous Io to misty Enceladus, to share authentic visions of the mystique beyond our sky.

Artists
Program
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Marin Alsop, conductor Apollo Chorus of Chicago
Gustav Holst: The Planets Introduction to The Moons Symphony by Amanda Lee Falkenberg and Nicole Stott Amanda Lee Falkenberg: The Moons Symphony
Collaborator: COLLABORATOR
Concert Sponsors: Ellen Rudnick and Paul Earle; The Planets Consortium

Telescopes and Cosmos

9:00 – 10:00 p.m.on the North Lawn (open to all concertgoers)
Details

Return your eyes to the skies after the concert, with special cosmo drinks available for 21+ guests.

Activity Collaborator: Naperville Astronomical Association
Sponsor: SPONSOR

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Day 3 • Saturday, July 27

“Innovation of Science and Music” Brunch Roundtables

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Tree Top Lounge

Modeled after New Music USA’s impactful “Table For 10” events, scientific leaders, musical conductors and composers, and guests are brought together at roundtables for lively brunch conversations beginning with provided prompts.

Participants include:
Producers:
Vanessa Reed, President & CEO, New Music USA Amanda Lee Falkenberg, Composer
Space Specialists:
Dr. Ashley Davies, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Principal Scientist and volcanologist Prof. Michele Dougherty, Principal Investigator, European Space Agency’s JUICE mission; Imperial College London Mat Kaplan, Space science communicator, The Planetary Society Dr. Bob Pappalardo, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Lead Project Scientist on Europa Clipper spacecraft Dr. Thomas Spilker, Space flight architect, planetary scientist, veteran of Voyager, Cassini, Genesis, and ESA Rosetta Nicole Stott, NASA Astronaut; Artist and Founding Director, Space for Art Foundation Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle, Principal Investigator, Dragonfly mission; Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Conductors:
Marin Alsop, Ravinia Chief Conductor Kristin Jurkscheit Executive Director, Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship Hannah Howard Andresen Nefeli Chadouli Karin Hendrickson Alena Hron
Composers:
Amanda Lee Falkenberg Paul Myer Hopkins Stacy Garrop Augusta Read Thomas Soomin Kim Autumn Maria Reed Huan Sun Genevieve Knoebel
Presented by: New Music USA
Sponsor: SPONSOR

“Inside the Composers and Conductors’ Studios” Workshop Observation

12:45 – 3:30 p.m. in Bennett Gordon Hall

Three composers selected from a New Music USA call for scores collaborate with three Taki Alsop Conducting Fellows to bring new works to life. Under the guidance of Marin Alsop and Augusta Read Thomas with musicians from the Chicago Philharmonic, this workshop will highlight the many perspectives that contribute to an orchestral premiere.

Details
Composers:
Soomin Kim (St. Paul, MN) – star / ghost / mouth / sea Autumn Maria Reed (Delafield, WI) – ROBIN’S EYE VIEW Huan Sun (Bloomington, IN) – Stem
Conductors:
Hannah Howard Andresen, 2024 Taki Alsop Award Recipient Nefeli Chadouli, 2024 Taki Alsop Associate Fellow Karin Hendrickson, 2013 Taki Alsop Honoree
Orchestra:
Chicago Philharmonic
Honorable Mention:
Genevieve Knoebel (Urbana, IL) – Ophis
Workshop Collaborators: New Music USA and Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship
Sponsor: SPONSOR

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Lead Sponsor

Ravinia is grateful for the Lead Sponsorship of Breaking Barriers 2024 In Honor of Sandra K. Crown

Additional Sponsors

Ellen Rudnick and Paul Earle

SPONSOR

Partners

New Music USA
Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), Northwestern University
Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA), Northwestern University
Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship
Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship
The Chicago Network