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Public Lecture Series with Shem Guibbory and Dorit Donoviel

For the Love of Music and Space

Variations on a Space Exploration Theme

A family collaboration between MET Opera violinist, Shem Guibbory, and his niece, Dr. Dorit Donoviel, from the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Space Medicine. Together, they will explore creativity and risk-taking in music and medicine as humanity readies to send explorers to deep space.

Dr. Donoviel will discuss what it will take to enable humans to safely venture out into the universe to explore, live, and discover. Mr. Guibbory will close the presentation with a live performance of the Chaconne written by J.S. Bach, for solo violin. This performance will be part of his interactive series Journey of 100 in which he is exploring the “inner space” that is created among listeners, himself and this incomparable musical composition.


Dr. Dorit Donoviel oversees the diverse portfolio of science and technology research and development projects at NSBRI that address the challenges faced by humans in space. She also leads the Industry Forum which facilitates the commercialization of NSBRI funded products for Earth-based markets. In addition to her role as Deputy Chief Scientist and Industry Forum Lead, Dr. Donoviel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Center for Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

As a public speaker, Dr. Donoviel has informed and excited both scientific and lay audiences around the world in formal and informal settings. She has been interviewed for radio and television and is often quoted in the popular press about human spaceflight. She regularly lectures to medical and graduate students at the BCM Center for Space Medicine.

Internationally acclaimed violinist Shem Guibbory is an award winning musician, and creator of mixed-media performance art. Since 1992, Mr. Guibbory has been a member of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Beethoven Halle Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony and the Symphony of the New World. He was the original violinist in the Steve Reich Ensemble - his recording of Violin Phase on the ECM label has become an American classic of avant-garde music - and has performed recitals and chamber music throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has also recorded five CDs with Anthony Davis, including Maps, a violin concerto commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony; other recordings are on ECM, Gramavision, Opus 1, DG, Albany, Bridge, CRI and MSR Classics.

His latest CD, Voice of the People (2010), presents Gabriela Lena Frank’s Peruvian-influenced music with Dmitri Shostokovich’s Sonata For Violin And Piano, Op.137 (1968) along with short illustrative films.

Date: Monday, February 13th

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 East 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price:

$5 with a valid academic ID

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