The Pennsylvania debut performance of the “Emergent Universe Oratorio” will be part of the July 2018 IBHA conference. Composed by Sam Guarnaccia, the oratorio presents the story of the universe from its beginning to the future of humanity, in a series of alternating intensively scored recitatives with major lyrical choral sections. It will be performed by the Main Line Symphony Orchestra, directed by Don Liuzzi.

The oratorio is a marriage of science and art. It contributes significantly to spreading an evidence based and artistically compelling understanding of our origins, place, and role in an evolving Universe. The Emergent Universe Oratorio brings a new experience and understanding of the steps that have brought us here now. The scientific accuracy of the libretto coupled with a superb musical score offers a unique insight into why Carl Sagan said that we are all made of star dust — and much more.

The performance will be held in the beautiful church on the campus of Villanova University by the new bridge that spans Lancaster Avenue. The theme of the oratorio also is in support of the objectives of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ vision of a unified humanity empowered by a new consciousness and responsibility to our ‘Earth home’.

Tickets are available at the IBHA website.

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The South Korean Big History Academy sponsored a “Talk Concert” in which it was my pleasure to participate.

 

Guillermo Graiño led a group of German and UFV students on a short walking tour of Madrid.  Here are a few places he talked about:

Penitence rituals in Seville date back to the 14th century; 30 or so brotherhoods organizing their own processions date at least to the 16th century. They stopped during the anticlerical Second Republic in the early 1930s and then again shortly after Franco died in 1975. They now attract enormous numbers of people, including Connie and me. And by the way, the food is fabulous too! Octopus tapas, salmorejo cordobés, bastante vino tinto, . . .

We had a wonderful couple of days in Córdoba.