Music in Space: Texas Music Students to Perform Live with Space Station Astronaut

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Expedition 39 commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, currently aboard the International Space Station will make space-to-Earth musical connections with students in Texas this week to share and explore the relationship between the arts and space exploration.

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Students from Pearl Hall Elementary in Pasadena, Texas, will perform songs with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Houston Symphony violinist Sergei Galperin and violinist Kenji Williams at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Music In Space - May 2 2014

When gagaku was first introduced in Japan, it was music of the imperial court during the Nara (645-710) and Heian (794-1185) periods that was performed by musicians who belonged to hereditary guilds.  Later, it became music of the aristocracy, and today it is still performed; modern composers even continue to write for gagaku ensembles.

When gagaku was first introduced in Japan, it was music of the imperial court during the Nara (645-710) and Heian (794-1185) periods that was performed by musicians who belonged to hereditary guilds. Later, it became music of the aristocracy, and today it is still performed; modern composers even continue to write for gagaku ensembles.

From the space station, Wakata will perform a piece of the ancient Gagaku music with a Japanese reed instrument called a sho.

Gagaku

Japanese Gagaku. Gagaku (the two Chinese characters mean “elegant music”) is a type of orchestral music utilizing winds, strings, and percussion that has been performed in Japan for centuries. It is the oldest form of Japanese classical music.

Violinist Sergei Galperin

Violinist Sergei Galperin

The live “Music in Space” program will be broadcast on NASA Television and webcasted on the DLiNfo Channel at 12:30 p.m. EDT Friday, May 2.

*The event time is subject change due to communication with the space station. Please go to http://dln.nasa.gov for current information.  

On Friday, click here for the LIVE Stream.

This is the second “Music in Space” event. The first featured astronaut Chris Hadfield formerly of the Canadian Space Agency in March 2013. This event is a part of the Building Cultural Bridges program, which links Pearl Hall Elementary with Johnson Space Center and several arts organizations, providing opportunities for students to discover that they are an integral part of society at the local, state, national and international levels.

Violinist Kenji Williams

Violinist Kenji Williams

Linking students directly to space station astronauts provides them with an innovative experience of space exploration, scientific studies and the possibilities for future human space exploration.

These in-flight education events are part of a series with educational organizations in the United States to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching and learning. It is a component of NASA’s Digital Learning Network education program, which is designed to deliver interactive instruction in support of long-term retention of knowledge as only NASA can.

To attend the event at Johnson, media should contact Megan Sumner at 281-483-5111 or megan.c.sumner@nasa.gov.  Johnson Space Center is located at 2101 NASA Parkway, Houston.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

To watch the Digital Learning Network webcast, visit:

https://dln.nasa.gov

For information about NASA’s education programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/education

For information about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

To follow Twitter updates from Wakata, visit:

https://twitter.com/Astro_Wakata

To follow Twitter updates from Coleman, visit:

https://twitter.com/Astro_Cady

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 Koichi Wakata

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One Comment on “Music in Space: Texas Music Students to Perform Live with Space Station Astronaut”

  1. The Butcher says:

    Reblogged this on pundit from another planet and commented:

    Today is the day, see below for the LIVE Stream.


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