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Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Performs ‘The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres’ Nov. 5 at Schwab Auditorium

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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Canada’s award-winning period-instrument ensemble, performs 17th- and 18th- century music from memory before a backdrop of high-definition images from the Hubble telescope and others at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Penn State’s Schwab Auditorium.

The imaginative concert fuses art, science and culture in a commemoration of Galileo’s first public demonstration of the telescope. Conceived, scripted and programmed by Tafelmusik double bassist Alison MacKay, “The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres” features poetic narration, choreography and music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel and others.

“The program was one of the best I’ve seen in years—a celebration of reason and imagination, whether in art, science or the world of ideas,” wrote a reviewer for the Kansas City Star.

While in State College, Tafelmusik artists are also scheduled to interact with Penn State students and community members at a series of free engagement activities. Find details below.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation are $42 for an adult, $19 for a University Park student and $32 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

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