Wednesday 13 December 2017

Bach the Universe and Everything: Antimatter Matters

The next in Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) and The Institute of Physics intriguing series at Kings Place, Bach the Universe and Everything, takes place on Sunday 17 December 2017. The series situates Bach’s cantatas in the context of today’s research and for Antimatter Matters, the OAE will be performing one of Bach’s festive Cantatas, Darzu ist erschienen, with soloists Helen Charlston, James Way and Edward Grint, directed from the harpsichord by Steven Devine.

Bach composed the cantata in 1723, his first year in Leipzig, for the Second Day of Christmas. The theme of the work is Jesus as the conqueror of the works of the devil, and this will be contrasted with a talk from CERN Physicist Professor Tara Shears. A world expert in antimatter, she’ll explain how these elusive particles involve symmetries that are almost but not quite perfect, and what they have to do with Bach’s music.

Full details from the Kings Place website.

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