Organ and Space: Gaze up to the Heavens
A live concert with the International Space Station
On May 6, approximately 1,600 lucky spectators were thrilled by an otherworldly experience at the Maison symphonique, a concert hall in Montreal. Toggling between Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques' inspirational words about humanity's quest for discovery and the striking melodies played passionately by Jean-Willy Kunz, organist in residence at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Organ and Space: Gaze up to the Heavens moved the audience from the first note.
Midway through the concert, the crowd was excited to see European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet appear on screen live from the International Space Station (ISS). After a few warm words about his experience as a student in Montreal and some friendly banter with David Saint-Jacques, Thomas Pesquet played a few notes from "Highest Light," an original piece composed by Matthew Ricketts, on a smart tablet.
Organ and Space: Gaze up to the Heavens emphasized the solid collaboration between Canada and ESA, an indispensable partner in our space achievements. Canada is ESA's only non-European cooperating state.
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