103 Concert at Chemistry-- Linking Science and the Performing Arts

Friday, May 15, 2009: 2:10 PM
Illinois/Indiana Room (Lincolnshire Marriott)
Bassam Z. Shakhashiri , Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Rodney Schreiner , Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Creativity, passion, and the urge for expression and for exploration are essential human qualities that inspire science, the arts, and the humanities, and thus constitute a common bond among them. The programs of Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL) help people explore, discuss, and cultivate the intellectual and emotional links between science, the arts, and the humanities. People can value, appreciate, and enjoy science without a deep understanding of specific details, just as they can appreciate music without a specialized knowledge of music theory, or appreciate literature, the theater, and the visual arts without being experts in those fields. WISL programs aim to cultivate communication between scientists with an interest in arts and artists who are interested in science. WISL promotes sharing talents of scientists and artists to the general public. Science is Fun! and other programs of WISL have featured science and music students and faculty in a variety of settings. In this paper we share the joy of a musical concert held in our chemistry seminar hall where undergraduate and graduate students along with faculty played selections from Mozart, Paganini, Bolcom, and the world premiere of chemistry professor John Berry’s sonata for tuba and piano.