2018/19 SEASON

Reef Music

7:30 PM
Friday, October 12th, 2018
Morse Auditorium at Boston University



Exploring the beauty and importance of coral reefs around the world, and how climate change is driving their extinction and evolution.

LECTURER: Sarah Davies, Assistant Professor of Biology at Boston University

PERFORMERS: Marvento Duo with Olivia J. P. Harris, pianist Sophia Subbayya Music, and electronic musician David Ibbett

MUSIC: Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) by George Crumb, and the world premieres of two commissioned works by Norah Lorway and David Ibbett

WORDS: Original poetry for the event by Sabrina Sadique

Computed Futures: The Art of Mathematical Modeling

7:30 PM
Friday, December 7th, 2018
Helverson Parlor at the First Parish Church in Cambridge
1446 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA


Is our universe a ticking clock - with enough information, everything can be predicted? Or, does chaos theory present a fundamental barrier, where the wings of a butterfly can give rise to incalculable changes over time?

Chris Rycroft and his lab apply these concepts to simulate a diverse array of real-world phenomena, from the motion of solids and liquids in space, to the growth and behavior of organic creatures.

LECTURES: Chris Rycroft, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University with Jordan Hoffmann, Seth Donoughe, and Nicholas Derr

MUSIC: Livecoding by electronic musician Jeremy Stewart and performances by cellist Olivia J. P. Harris. Music by Mira Calix and Trevor Weston.

Cellular Dance

6:30 PM | Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Campus Center Ballroom
University of Massachusetts, Boston

A multi-media ballet that illuminates the processes of gastrulation through science, music, and movement

“It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation which is truly the most important time in your life”
— Lewis Wolpert

This event is not formally open to the public and tickets are not being sold. However, we do have a number of seats reserved for our community, so if you are interested in attending, please contact us.

The premiere of an original ballet on the theme of gastrulation in the developing embryro with music composed by David Ibbett, featuring pianist Sophia Vastek and multichannel electronic sound. They will be joined by scientific narration of the process of gastrulation, miniature lectures on the topic, and a program of musical pieces connecting with the concepts of growth, development and genetics.

Original choreography by Meg Anderson, with dancers Haley Day, Meg Anderson, and Jacob Regan. Poetry and narration by Sabrina Sadique.

Our scientific partner for this event is cell biologist Dr. Alexey Veraksa of UMass Boston, whose research into the molecular signaling processes of gastrulation is crucial for understanding diseases such as spina bifida, but also for shedding light on the fascinating world of cells and their ‘concerted’ movement – how millions of separate entities can move and live as one.