A Little Night Music

Richard Strauss:

Also Sprach Zarathustra (Introduction)

Johann Strauss:

On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Arnold Schoenberg:

Transfigured Night*

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

Eine kleine Nachtmusik

John Estacio:

Solaris, Borealis and Wondrous Light*

Join us for a multi-media experience pairing hi-def imagery from NASA and astronomer-photographer Dr. José Francisco Salgado featuring celestial phenomena - from the Northern Lights to solar flares. 

This program is in partnership with Discovery Science Place and Tyler ISD. 

* Denotes first performance by ETSO

Did you know...?

The Mozart catalog number KV 265 refers to his 12 variations for piano based on the French folk song "Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman," more commonly known as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

This will be the first time a KV 265 film will be performed in the state of Texas and this concert features not one, but three films!

Emmy-nominated astronomer, experimental photographer, visual artist and public speaker Dr. José Francisco Salgado creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. Dr. Salgado will give two educational presentations during his residency. Check back soon for details!

About KV 265
About KV 265

In 2000 Dr. José Francisco Salgado (then an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and an adjunct professor at Benedictine University) began to apply his skills in scientific illustration and photography to create astronomy-themed artwork that would "provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe". This evolved into a series of multidisciplinary projects where art is used as a vehicle to communicate science and to inspire people to learn about science on their own. The flagship project of this series has been the Science & Symphony films. This project began in 2006 as a collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta. It consists of live performances of classical music works accompanied by high-definition science films produced specifically for these works.   

Building on the overwhelming success of the first two films, Dr. Salgado, Anne Barlow, and Dr. Geza Gyuk, formed KV 265 in 2010. This non-profit organization, whose mission is the communication of science through art, has taken up the mantle and continued to expand on these performance and educational experiences. Through partnerships with symphony orchestras, chamber musicians, composers, artists, scientists, and educational institutions, KV 265 presents multidisciplinary works connecting disciplines including astronomy, photography, music, film, and storytelling.

These multimedia performances, lectures, and workshops pair engaging visuals of science with great music, to enhance the audience experience and to educate the public about the world and the Universe.  

José Francisco Salgado, PhD

José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer (BS in Physics, Univ. of Puerto Rico; PhD in Astronomy, Univ. of Michigan), experimental photographer, visual artist, and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. As the Executive Director and co-founder of KV 265, a non-profit science and arts education organization, Dr. Salgado collaborates with orchestras, composers, and musicians to present films that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe.

His "Science & Symphony films" have been presented in more than 175 concerts and have reached a combined audience of more than 275,000 people in concert halls, museums, and lecture halls spanning more than 85 cities in 15 countries. Some of the orchestras that have presented these works include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, and the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino. His first two films were named by the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO as Special Projects for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). In 2012 his film "Gustav Holst's The Planets" was chosen for Ravinia Festival’s One Score, One Chicago initiative. In 2014, his collaboration with composer Chris Theofanidis, "The Legend of the Northern Lights" was premiered with Grant Park Orchestra to critical acclaim in front of 32,000 people. In 2016, his short film "Carol of the Lights" was commissioned by Keith Lockhart and Boston Pops and presented 33 times to almost 75,000 people.

From 2006 until 2008 Salgado hosted "Nuestra Galaxia", a weekly astronomy news segment on Univision Chicago (WGBO) for which he received an Emmy nomination. Dr. Salgado also produces and presents short science films with musician/composer Tom Bailey (from British pop group Thompson Twins) as part of the audiovisual ensemble Bailey-Salgado Project, and with harp duo Beyond Pluck.

As an experimental photographer, Salgado has visited more than 30 scientific sites in places including the South Pole, the Atacama desert, the French Pyrenees, and the South African Karoo and has contributed visuals to documentaries produced for the History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic channels. As a public speaker, he has given presentations about science and art in all seven continents, including a presentation at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

The mission of KV 265 is the communication of science through art to communities worldwide.

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