The evening of November 2, 2009 was the world premiere of “Cosmic Reflection,” an orchestral composition inspired by one of NASA’s satellites, in Washington, DC. This opus began as a simple prelude inspired by (and performed by a brass quintet at) the launch of the GLAST mission. To celebrate the first birthday of this satellite (since renamed Fermi), composer Dr. Nolan Gasser wrote a symphony which uses music to aurally portray the history of the universe.
We were able to go backstage at the Kennedy Center on the day of the performance to speak to a few of the people involved in this project, including the composer, the producer, a NASA scientist, and the “voice” of Cosmic Reflection.
More about Cosmic Reflection
Watch the GLAST Prelude:
If you’d like to read more about how Cosmic Reflection came to be, check out these websites:
- Cosmic Reflection – the official home of the project, produced by Classical Archives
- GLAST Prelude and Cosmic Reflection – information from composer Dr. Nolan Gasser, including background, links, and interviews
Cosmic Reflection was performed by the Boston University Symphony. There is more information about the ensemble here:
More information about the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope is available here:
|Theme Music||Naked Singularity|
|Additional Music||Nolan Gasser|
|Website Support||Meredith Gibb
|Responsible NASA Official||Kim Weaver|
The “Featured Image” for this podcast was used with permission and is credited to Michael Lutch. It shows David Hoose conducting the Boston University Symphony Orchestra.