The Periodic Table On

Concert at Chemistry

Thursday, March 12, 2009
1:15 p.m.
Seminar Hall, Room 1315
Daniels Chemistry Building, UW-Madison Campus

Introductory remarks given prior to the concert by WISL Director Bassam Shakhashiri

Thank you for joining us at the inaugural “Concert at Chemistry.”

This concert was conceived and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy. One of the goals of WISL’s Science, the Arts and Humanities program is to showcase our faculty and students at their best in the laboratory and in the performing arts.

The program cover art (seen above) displays chemical symbolism from a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the musical notes from an original composition by Professor John Berry, which will have its world premiere today. The display itself is a piece of art created by WISL’s Rod Schreiner.

Creativity, passion and the urge for expression and for exploration are essential human qualities that inspire science, the arts and the humanities, and thus constitute a common bond among them.

We are about to make history – a musical concert in the chemistry building. Inside this building, we study and learn about breaking bonds and making bonds. Music is one of the fundamental ways through which humans bond with each other. Music tickles our brains and it connects our hearts.

There is richness of scientific and artistic talent in our midst. I am happy to announce that future concerts are planned for science, math and engineering departments through the UW campus.

I want to thank the seven scientists and artists who are featured in today’s concert. The WISL is grateful for their contributions and I know you will be too.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my colleague, Music Professor Christopher Taylor.

To view the full concert poster, click here.
To view the full concert program, click here.

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