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.
Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques on stage with Jean-Willy Kunz, organist in residence at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, during the Organ and Space: Gaze up to the Heavens concert. (Credit: Antoine Saito)
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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