K-W Symphony and Institute for Quantum Computing take show to Ottawa

Friday, April 24, 2015

WATERLOO, Ont. (Friday, April 24, 2015) —The falling apples of Newtonian physics to the amazing and counterintuitive phenomena of the quantum realm will take centre stage when the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) and the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) present their innovative musical experiment next month.

The performance of Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science will take place on Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 pm at the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa is part of the Ontario Scene Festival. Edwin Outwater, music director of KWS and conductor of Quantum, and Professor Raymond Laflamme, executive director of IQC, will co-host the concert. Ann Baggley, actress and assistant director with the Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival, will narrate.

“Music and science are not as different as some people might think,” said Professor Laflamme. “They both help us understand and interpret our world and ourselves. This concert shows how music and science are two sides of the same coin.”

Both fields followed surprisingly parallel paths: they were governed by order and logic during the Enlightenment, both saw a breakdown of tradition in the early 1900s, and both saw the emergence of challenging new rules and paradigms throughout the 20th Century.

“We are so proud to bring this groundbreaking work to Canada's capital,” said Outwater. “This journey through music and science is captivating and represents the vibrant, creative, and collaborative spirit of our region.”

The musical program ranges from well-known pieces by Mozart and Webern to radical, rarely performed pieces by Xenakis, Brant, Ives and Cage.

Tickets for Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science start at $29 and can be purchased at https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/10298 or by calling NAC at 1-888-991-2787.

Media contacts:

Pamela Smyth
University of Waterloo

Kari Hueber
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
519-745-4711 x267