Celebrating Galileo

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October 29, 2015 by Italians in Chicago

galileoOn the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s Letter to Christina of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Loyola University Chicago, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, the Italian Cultural Institute and ItalCultura, will present a series of events:

November 4th at 7:30 pm
Loyola University Orchestra Concert
Symphony 41 “Jupiter” (Mozart)
Sun Music IV (Peter Sculthorpe, US premiere)
Movements selected from The Planets Suite (Holst) and selections from Star Wars (John Williams)

Mundelein Center Auditorium

November 13th at 8pm
Concert by Mr. Joel Spears and Chamber Choir of Loyola
Mr. Spears will perform lute music composed by both Galileo’s father, Vincenzo, and brother, Michelangelo, as well as by Galileo Galilei himself. The Chamber Choir will perform Vincenzo’s setting of the Psalm, “In exitu Israel”, madrigals by Monteverdi, works by Caccini, and other contemporary Italian compositions.

Skowronski Music Hall

November 13th at 7:30 pm (opening night)
November 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30pm
November 15 and 22 at 2pm
Production of Bertolt Brecht’s play, “Galileo”

performed by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Loyola University Chicago under the direction of Mark E. Lococo, Director of Theater. A preview performance will be held on November 12 at 7:30pm. The role of Galileo will be performed by this year’s artist-in-residence, Ross Lehman, an award-winning professional actor.

November 14 and 15 at 12 noon
De Motu (“On Motion”)
performed by the Dance Program of Loyola University Chicago Choreographed to Bach’s Goldberg Variations by instructor Sarah Cullen Fuller.

The Palm Court, 4th Floor, Mundelein Center

November 18 at 8pm

Demonstration of selected experiments of Galileo Galilei and of telescopes of the past and present by Prof. Asim Gangopadhyaya of Loyola’s Physics Department. A replica of the telescope used by Galileo Galilei to observe the moons of Jupiter will be shown.

November 19th at 3pm
Annual John Cardinal Cody Chair in Theology Lecture by Prof. George Coyne, S.J., former Director of the Vatican Observatory
“Where Have the Heavens Gone? Galileo, Modern Science, and the Bible.”

Coffey Hall – McCormick Lounge

November 20 from 9am- 12 noon
“Cosmos, Past and Present: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Galileo’s Letter to Christina of Lorraine”
Roundtable Discussion and Advanced Graduate Seminar
Fr. George Coyne, S.J., former Director of the Vatican Observatory, currently McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY; Professor Mauro Pesce, Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at the University of Bologna and author of “L’ermeneutica biblica di Galileo e le due strade della teologia cristiana” (2005);
Dr. Dennis McCarthy, former Director of the Directorate of Time at the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C., and author of “Time: From Earth Rotation to Atomic Physics” (2009);
Dr. Asim Gangopadhyaya, former chair of the Physics Department and currently Associate Dean for Planning and Resources at Loyola;
Dr. John McCarthy, former chair of the Theology Department and author of articles on both Galileo and the concept of the sacred.
Coffey Hall – McCormick Lounge

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